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On Who is the Greatest Diva of the Last 25 Years? We Offer Scientific Proof!

Loved this. I work with Excel and charts all day and I wish the analysis and subject matter were as fun as this.

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm 0

On Instructions for Visiting the American Wilderness: A PowerPoint Presentation

Jorge, you are welcome. Hope you are enjoying the visit with your mother.

Thomas, thank you for that article. The word fits it perfectly.

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 12:51 am 0

On Instructions for Visiting the American Wilderness: A PowerPoint Presentation

Saudade.

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm 0

On 'The Phantom Tollbooth,' or, The Democratizing Principle of Literature

By the way, it was a reply to Moff. Not sure what happened with my posting.

Posted on August 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm 0

On 'The Phantom Tollbooth,' or, The Democratizing Principle of Literature

As someone who deserted the Comp. Lit. field many years ago, and who has two young girls at home, I absolutely agree with this approach. My job is to facilitate their exposure to all kinds of books, whether they are written by white men from Brooklyn, Dominican immigrants, young Nigerian females, librarians from Maryland or dead French aviators, with no further agenda than giving them a taste of pluralism. Let them figure things out on their own. But make sure there is diversity in what they read.

Posted on August 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm 0

On 'The Phantom Tollbooth,' or, The Democratizing Principle of Literature

How old were the girls in this group? The club could sandwich Phantom Tollbooth between something like Annie John and Before We Were Free.

Posted on August 28, 2010 at 8:55 am 0

On Who Are You Awl?

Oh, no! Do I really have to pick one? Juvenile, badly spelled ramblings or paeans to smoking in public? I can't make up my mind!

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm 0

On Who Are You Awl?

I read more than I comment. I also visit Gawker. It doesn't have to be either/or.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm 0

On Irate "Wall Street" Will Trim Its Own Hedges

Nobody retires at 50 with a pension anymore.

Posted on April 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm 0

On In Praise of Five Cigarettes a Day

Sorry, Maria. I can't romanticize smoking. I was a one-pack a day smoker for 20 years. Doing breathing treatments for asthma is not very glamorous.

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 9:46 pm 0