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    Today, 11:14 AM
    I've been watching Carlos Saura's three great Flamenco movies (from the 1980s): Carmen, El Amor Brujo (Love the Magician), and Bodas de Sangre (Blood...
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    Today, 10:45 AM
    On the anniversary of Kobe Bryant's death, one ESPN announcer solemnly intoned, “We all remember where we were when we heard about Kobe's tragic...
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    01-23-2021, 03:00 PM
    Hey fellow NitLetters, if it's okay with you, let's start a new thread containing quotations. Post a line or two that strikes you as remarkable,...
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    01-23-2021, 02:41 PM
    AuntShecky replied to a thread Tell Me A Joke in General Chat
    (The following could be considered a true "Dad" joke as it was related by an actual "dad" upon perusing a take-out menu that had arrived in the...
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    01-21-2021, 02:28 PM
    This phenom is called "the anxiety of influence," a term and a theory once coined by Harold Bloom. (Just substitute "writer" for "poet.") T.S. Eliot...
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    01-21-2021, 11:56 AM
    To those who are interested I recommend the Yale Open Courses. There are four in English Lit: Milton, Modern Poetry, Literary Theory, and the Novel...
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    01-20-2021, 11:56 AM
    I'm through the first two books of Sigrid Undset's trilogy. It's set in 14th century Norway, and one of the themes is the integration of...
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    01-20-2021, 11:34 AM
    Interesting. I remember reading about Azrazel and Samahazai (sp?) in Robertson Davies' "The Rebel Angels". They were depicted as angels who came to...
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    01-15-2021, 02:40 PM
    Weather reports: "Peaks of sun" when they mean "peeks." More and more I'm seeing the word "roll" confused with the noun "role." It popped up...
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    01-13-2021, 12:25 PM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Congrats US? in Serious Discussions
    I didn't bother to read JCamilo's post. Long and dreary experience warns me against even attempting it. Enough of this petty sniping, though! To...
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    01-12-2021, 11:00 AM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Congrats US? in Serious Discussions
    By the way, I posted about Brazil's history of racism only because WolfLarsen claimed Brazil was a superior country to the U.S. It had nothing to do...
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    01-12-2021, 10:53 AM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Congrats US? in Serious Discussions
    Verbal jousting with JCamilo is like fighting a five-year-old. Victory is easy, but there's not much glory in it. "Ad hominem" means "to the...
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    01-11-2021, 08:04 PM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Congrats US? in Serious Discussions
    "Sharing"? It wasn't your idea, JCamilo. Besides, you are now just making another ad hominem argument -- if Jorge Luis Borge made a claim, it MUST...
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    01-11-2021, 11:24 AM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Congrats US? in Serious Discussions
    I can see why you listed it as a contender for "Great American Novel". Not only is it a great novel, but Bo Mason embodies a certain type of the...
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    01-10-2021, 07:32 PM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Congrats US? in Serious Discussions
    Well, flying the Confederate flag is "OK with me" in that I don't think it should be outlawed -- it's protected speech. However, it's not OK by me...
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    01-09-2021, 10:12 PM
    WWI was a traumatic event for Europe, and humanity. The U.K. and France suffered 2 to 3 times the military casualties they did in WW2. Modern...
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    01-09-2021, 09:21 PM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Congrats US? in Serious Discussions
    Sorry, Danik. I forgot I was insulting your country (although of course I wouldn't mind insulting JCamilo's country). You are correct that I don't...
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    01-09-2021, 01:11 PM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Congrats US? in Serious Discussions
    Brazil is one of the few countries that's more corrupt, racist and authoritarian than Trump's America. They didn't abolish slavery until 1888. My...
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    01-09-2021, 09:55 AM
    Yes, but that horrible day was outrageous, frightening, and downright heart breaking. I kept thinking of the quotation of the underrated Alfred E,...
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    01-02-2021, 03:21 PM
    I agree with banning the "Thank you for having me" line, Manichaean. And Danik, "the new normal" was one of the expressions I was going to add today....
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    12-31-2020, 03:58 PM
    The long national nightmare is over! (No, we still have about 19 days to wait for that one to end, God willing!) I mean the wait for the Annual...
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    Definitely. You hit the nail on the head with that one. From the words of a great trainer, GM Ed Gufeld, if a person who plays 23 hours a day for 6 months came head to head with one who studies one hour a day for the same period, there would be no contest; the person who studied would win with ease.

    My favorite card games are gin and hearts, because it was romanticized so well in Hearts in Atlantis.
  3. Bridge is a great game. You get to be dummy 1\4th of the time (it's like playing chess where every 20 minutes you get to take a break for 5 minutes). Also, it's a team game so the teamwork is fun.

    I've had a couple of periods in my life when I've started playing chess 3 or 4 times a week. However, because I'm competitive, after 3 or 4 weeks of regular play I'd start massacring my friends -- so the game would break up. It wasn't because of natural talent -- it's just that once I started playing I'd get interested and read a few chess books. Studying up like that gave me too much of an advantage for them to overcome without studying themselves.
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    Then I think it must have been Emil :-)

    That's pretty cool, I hear Bridge is a good game, but I've never played it. I'm similar - it's nice to meet another natural talent at games :-)
  5. I don't really play chess, Nikolai. That is, I know how to play, but don't play enough to be good. I'm good at all games -- so I'd probably beat 95% of other novices, but I would have no chance against an expert.

    I did win a duplicate bridge tournament today! With a new partner!
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    Hey Ecurb, hope you're well.

    Did I see you mention somewhere that you play chess? I thought maybe I had - just wondering.

    Happy New Year by the way.
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    The reason I ask is that most comedy writers are male (not that there's anything wrong with that, to quote Seinfeld.) Being of the opposite persuasion, I get discouraged when I read the credits @ the end of shows.
    Feel good about yourself, though. Not everybody has a flair for
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    Keep writing and posting.

    If you don't mind my prying, are you a he or a she?
  9. Merry Christmas, Ecurb!
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