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    02-24-2021, 10:40 PM
    On Ferlenghetti's 100th birthday I posted the following poem. Today I'm thinking that the days won't be quite so fine anymore. Recipe For...
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    02-24-2021, 10:36 AM
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti died, at age 101. I am leading a quiet life in Mike’s Place every day watching the champs of the Dante Billiard Parlor...
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    02-22-2021, 08:38 PM
    Saint Paul admonishes the Corinthians that, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became...
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    02-19-2021, 11:58 AM
    Four of Austen's heroine's have to disabuse themselves of their incorrect perceptions: Elizabeth, Catherine, Marianne and Emma. Fanny is an...
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    02-06-2021, 10:27 PM
    Roger Scatcherd did use a weapon. It's unclear whether it was a club or a stone (Roger himself didn't remember, because he was drunk). I agree...
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    02-05-2021, 09:44 PM
    I appear to be talking to myself, but Kev has aroused my interest. Why (I wonder) does Trollope have his romantic lead horse whip someone? Why does...
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    02-04-2021, 09:03 PM
    Frank Gresham's horse whipping Mr. Moffat is structurally necessary to the novel. It is compared to the seminal event of the novel: Roger...
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    02-03-2021, 10:29 PM
    Frank Gresham doubtless thought he was defending his sister's honor and punishing Moffat's perfidy in what was then a culturally accepted manner. Of...
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    02-03-2021, 11:17 AM
    I read a couple of reviews of the movie (I haven't seen it), which found it mediocre. In the novel, Kristin does defy her father's wishes to marry...
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    02-03-2021, 11:09 AM
    Surely you don't think horse whips should be used to beat horses? The poor beasts have done nothing wrong! Col. Brandon fights a duel with...
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    02-02-2021, 06:44 PM
    Sigrid Undset is not widely read anymore outside of Norway. That's a shame. "Kristin Lavransdatter" is a truly great novel. Kristin tries to be a...
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    02-02-2021, 12:57 PM
    I've been a LitNetter for well over a decade. Why all of a sudden did the site become "insecure?" Is this the dastardly work of Cloudflare? I've...
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    02-02-2021, 10:36 AM
    AuntShecky replied to a thread Quote of the Day in General Chat
    "Every month should be Black History Month, because there is no American history without Black American History." --Eugene Robinson, "Morning...
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    02-02-2021, 10:33 AM
    Hogging Ground How mean is Winter, what a miser with his light, received so desperately, as when a desert gets rare rain. So furry figures of...
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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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