Jack Burton: I don’t get this at all. I thought Lo Pan— David Lo Pan: Shut up, Mr. Burton! You were not brought upon this world to “get it!” Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter, 1986) Earlier in my life, I read Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses, all by James Joyce. This year I decided to read Finnegans Wake, a novel notorious for its inaccessibility. Like The Cantos by Ezra Pound, it is a text many know, few read, and less understand. While the Wake is difficult, this shouldn’t be seen as a … Continue reading Critic’s Notebook: The Wake without training wheels
“EXtrinsicly! EXtrinsicly! EXtrinsicly!” Continue reading TOP THREE: Finnegans Wake vs Pop Culture: NUMBER TWO: On Language, by Fry and Laurie
“I’m an alpha male on beta blockers.” Continue reading TOP THREE: Finnegans Wake vs Pop Culture: NUMBER THREE: George Carlin is a Modern Man
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We like stuff! How ’bout you? Continue reading Critic’s Notebook: Rave vs. Review vs. Recommendation
This week I review a dictionary of political speak, a primer for what passes as political discourse in this country. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech, by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark