Category Archive: Commonplace Book

Commonplace Book: T.E. Lawrence on Arab zeal

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Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany. Some of the evil of my tale may have been inherent in our circumstances. For years we lived anyhow with another in the… Continue reading

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Commonplace Book: Tom Wolfe on Impeachment and Continuity

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Tom Wolfe on impeachment and continuity in government.

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Commonplace Book: Inauguration Celebration Spectacular

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Utopian socialist philosopher Charles Fourier taxonomizes the character of President Donald J. Trump.

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Commonplace Book: Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Short-fingered Racist Vulgarians

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Captain Malcolm Reynolds has an opinion on our earthly shenanigans.

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Commonplace Book: An excerpt from “Tarantula,” Bob Dylan’s only novel

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An excerpt from “Tarantula,” Bob Dylan’s only novel.

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Commonplace Book/Translation Tuesdays: Elias Canetti on minds and monsters

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Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany. I admire those very broad people who through the decades become broader and broader yet do not give in. But the unyieldingly narrow… Continue reading

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Commonplace Book: G.K. Chesterton on politicians

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English conservative Catholic writer GK Chesterton tells us what’s wrong with the world … especially politicians.

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Short Takes III: John Updike

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Fun-sized distillations of prose and poetry.  Self-contained nuggets of literary craft. Oliver’s Evolution His parents had not meant to abuse him; they had meant to love him, and did love him.  But Oliver… Continue reading

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Short Takes II: Joyce Carol Oates

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“A Touch of the Flu,” by Joyce Carol Oates.

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Short Takes I: Chinese Poetry

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An early example of poetry by women in China.

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