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    10-06-2019, 09:55 AM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Darkness at Noon in General Literature
    I agree with everything Empty said, and will only try to entertain any fans who may still be reading (Danik? Is that you?) with another Jane Austen...
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    10-05-2019, 03:10 PM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Darkness at Noon in General Literature
    Oh no! I'm void! Horrors! Funny stuff, Empty. I will respond only by quoting Jane Austen, from Northanger Abbey. Catherine Morland is talking to...
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    10-04-2019, 06:17 PM
    Despite objecting to "Leghorn", in general I think different languages are free to use their own pronunciations and words. American who say, "May he...
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    10-04-2019, 04:16 PM
    Either pronunciation is fine with me, as long as folks remember that the "t" in "often" is silent.
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    10-04-2019, 04:13 PM
    I had read the New Yorker article, and immediately thought of the NitLet with its long, long tradition of threads devoted to Orwell's 1984. I also...
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    10-04-2019, 11:53 AM
    Ecurb replied to a thread Darkness at Noon in General Literature
    Good to see you posting at LitNet, Empty. I generally read your posts, and sometimes even try (often unsuccessfully) to understand them. I have...
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    10-02-2019, 04:34 PM
    "Darkness at Noon" is ranked #8 on Modern Library's list of 100 greatest English novels. This is strange, because it was originally written in...
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    09-29-2019, 09:45 PM
    I'm no Nabokov expert, but I think he WAS a romantic, like Humbert and Kinbote, his most famous creations. He had a sense of humor about it, and a...
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    09-28-2019, 04:52 PM
    Somebody showed me the location Nabokov's digs in downtown Ithaca. Apparently a modest second-floor apartment in a nondescript building. Big...
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    09-27-2019, 10:47 AM
    Nabokov grew up speaking three languages at home: Russian, French, and English. He wrote elegantly in all three. He also lived in Berlin for 15...
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    09-25-2019, 04:15 PM
    Vladimir Nabokov taught at Cornell for most of the 1950s. He lived in Ashland, Oregon (my current home state) briefly while he was finishing...
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    09-23-2019, 03:28 PM
    Thanks for your feedback, Nitletters. Relieved the spambots seem to have taken a powder -- thanks, Moderators!-- but I'm still having technical...
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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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