Category Archives: Books Publishing and Writing

Quote/Recipe Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Finally after a couple of weeks’ travel the distant mountains of the west came into view. This was the land of the buffalo. One day a herd came in our direction like a great black cloud, a threatening … Continue reading

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Web Musings: Addenda

Eddie Pensier writes: A few thoughts on Paleo Retiree’s musings: 1) The language used in pro-critic writing versus enthusiastic-amateur writing can be a tip-off. Jargon (of whatever field we’re talking about) is a sign of familiarity with the topic, but … Continue reading

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Today’s Lunchtime Reading: The Rise and Fall Playboy Magazine

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Author D.R. Haney traces the history of Playboy magazine, provides a character sketch of founder Hugh Hefner, and charts the fortunes of a number of Playmates in this 9,000-word essay. A fascinating bit of cultural history. At the same … Continue reading

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And Then the Dream Reigns Supreme

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “You have suffered a great deal, sir?” said Franz inquiringly. Sinbad started and looked fixedly at him, as he replied, “What makes you suppose so?” “Everything,” answered Franz, — “your voice, your look, your pallid complexion, … Continue reading

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And I Thought I Knew What a Buccaneer Was Like

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: As I was waiting, a man came out of a side room, and at a glance I was sure he must be Long John. His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under … Continue reading

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Four Critics Walked Into a Book . . .

Glynn Marshes writes: Highly recommend The Norton Critical Edition of Goethe’s Faust, if you’re in a lit-nerd mood. The translation (Walter Arndt) is more-than-approachable and the interpretive notes (Cyrus Hamlin) are terrific. And as an added bonus, the last 180 … Continue reading

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“Need” and “Should”

Paleo Retiree writes: Another installment in what I’m thinking of as my Andy Rooney Series, wherein I notice, and then muse grumpily about, current trends. Hey, what else are older people good for? Today: What to make of morally coercive language … Continue reading

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Highsmith Redux

Fenster writes: Paleo links to a Guardian article proclaiming Patricia Highsmith as the screen’s new It Girl. Reminds me of a couple of blog postings of mine from exactly 10 years ago saying much the same thing.  This was pre … Continue reading

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Eddying, Floating

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: He was happy then, and without a care in the world. A meal together, a walk in the evening on the highroad, a gesture of her hands over her hair, the sight of her straw hat … Continue reading

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Like Hot Iron

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: If one were to take the time to document a thousand instances in which Ty Cobb went out of his way to be kind to people, including black people, would this change his image? I fear … Continue reading

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