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    Two "media giants" which I avoid are Netflix and...

    Two "media giants" which I avoid are Netflix and Facebook. I'll express my disdain for the former at a later date, but right now I'll tell you why I really resent Facebook. I won't be a "member"...
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    This piece sent me to the "Google" machine to...

    This piece sent me to the "Google" machine to look up the poet who only used adding machine paper to keep his lines short. I couldn't remember his name, but it was (and is) A.R. Ammons. In any...
  3. Thread: Alive

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    Don't drown in my cataracts. Oh, I kid, I kid. ...

    Don't drown in my cataracts. Oh, I kid, I kid.

    Actually, this piece isn't bad, and that goes for the short poem posted after this one.
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    I've never read a negative review about Stegner. ...

    I've never read a negative review about Stegner. I've never read this particular novel, but I have read his Angle of Repose. It was magnificent.
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    I Led The Pigeons to the Mondegreen

    It should come as no surprise to any American that this has been one benighted year, so Fourth of July celebrations may tend to be muted — though unfortunately not enough to discourage some...
  6. Thread: Carl

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    Carl

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/arts/television/carl-reiner-dead.html

    What a run! Just 2 years short of a full c-note.

    But what a comic powerhouse! Not only was Carl Reiner a comic genius,...
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    Excuses. Excuses

    Another retread (or rethread), though I can't seem to find the original post on the forums. This one originated in May 2008, just about 12 years ago.

    Excuses, Excuses


    Uh—
    on a sleepover I...
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    Dump CloudFlare

    CloudFlare is messin' with me again. Why is it here in the first place? Get rid of it.
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    Please read this

    Please read this article about Shakespeare and the Plague.

    I came across it when I dialed up the Google machine to look up Niall Ferguson, who recommended the essay.

    By the way the word...
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    Oh, and I heard that the first-ever virtual U.S....

    Oh, and I heard that the first-ever virtual U.S. Supreme Court sessioning featured the SFX of a flushing toilet!

    Thanks for reading this, Danik. I've done one of these Commencement Speeches every...
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    Words of Whiz Dumb 2020

    [Click.]

    “-ab your credit card and head on down to any convenience store that’s managed to stay open and pick up a 90-pack of Muckenmire’s Beer. Muckenmire makes Staying At Home easier. And it’s...
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    I like him even more now. Speaking of funny...

    I like him even more now.

    Speaking of funny lines, I'm no fan of Jacqueline Susann, but I loved her quip about Portnoy's Complaint when she was Johnny Carson's guest on The Tonight Show. She said,...
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    Ecurb and JCamilo: You are both serious and...

    Ecurb and JCamilo: You are both serious and thoughtful NitLetters, unlike others in the online world at large. I'm going to revisit this thread as soon as I can devote the time that it richly...
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    I haven't read this particular novel, but I have...

    I haven't read this particular novel, but I have read and greatly admired other works by Philip Roth. Since yours fooly is old enough to realize that her opinion isn't worth -- to quote Rick in...
  15. Thank you, Danik. and may the God of your choice...

    Thank you, Danik. and may the God of your choice bless you.
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    /Sigh/ All I need is somebody to get some...

    /Sigh/
    All I need is somebody to get some groceries. But I can't help feeling guilty when asking a loved one to risk his or her life just so I can get some ingredients for risotto. (Let alone...
  17. Excellent reply! "Counterfeit facts" could be...

    Excellent reply!

    "Counterfeit facts" could be a cognate of "alternate facts." Remember that one? I'm still trying to wrap my mind around Rudy G's statement from a few months back: "Truth isn't...
  18. You are correct ( or should I use the popular...

    You are correct ( or should I use the popular phrase "absolutely correct"?) I've noticed folks even drop the "away," as in "Granny passed." When one hears that, it's difficult not to expect the next...
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    duplicate post
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    Jill Lepore's "take" on this very topic: ...

    Jill Lepore's "take" on this very topic:

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/03/30/what-our-contagion-fables-are-really-about
  21. And by the bye, do you know what we're living in?...

    And by the bye, do you know what we're living in?

    "Challenging times."
  22. Banished Words: The Language of the Pandemic

    Banished Words: The Language of the Pandemic


    All right, at the risk of fraying the already threadbare nerves of our fellow LitNetters, yours fooly would like to take a moment to offer the...
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    One more time: It's "Between you and ME."

    One more time:

    It's "Between you and ME."
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    Yes, you are correct. There has been a spike in...

    Yes, you are correct. There has been a spike in gun purchases. One needs an AK-47 or a surface to air missile to keep the neighbors from stealing the stash of 100 rolls of toilet paper.

    Luckily,...
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    Yep. Death in Venice is about obsession...

    Yep.
    Death in Venice is about obsession stemming from platonic -- if not homoerotic -- love, but the epidemic in that novel is symbolic, as is the cholera outbreak in French Algeria.

    And...
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