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    Really? Then how come me wallet's so empty? ...

    Really? Then how come me wallet's so empty?


    Now -- to the serious question that opened the thread:



    After years of puzzling over this question, I only have an inkling of an answer. It...
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    After years of puzzling over this question, I...

    After years of puzzling over this question, I only have an inkling of an answer. It does take time to become a better writer. Remember what Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the 10,000 hour rule. Much...
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    Words of Whiz Dumb 2019

    Words of Whiz Dumb 2019

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    —“ So whatever your summer plans, don’t forget to bring on the Muckenmire! Stop by any convenience store and pick it up today. And try our economical 90-pack. ...
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    Why on God's good earth would I ever want to read...

    Why on God's good earth would I ever want to read anything about a loser? But I sure as hell could write one.
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    After all these years, yours fooly is still...

    After all these years, yours fooly is still trying to determine whether you are the NitLet's answer to Joseph Conrad or Lafcadio Hearn.
  6. It's been a decade or more since I last read...

    It's been a decade or more since I last read Beckett, his novels as well as his better-known plays. I don't recall getting around to his short stories, such as the "The End." Just now I plugged the...
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    I would really like to read these, but the text...

    I would really like to read these, but the text taxes my eyesight. Would it be possible to skip a space between paragraphs?
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    "Spring Ahead; Fall Back" (updated)

    Yesterday I happened to read a most interesting blog post by one of our astute NitLetters. (I botched the comment I wanted to make, but let that go for a minute.) Anyway, the subject of the blog...
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    Debi Lets The Good Times Roll

    As denizens of the Great Northeast in these here United States know all too well, March weather is notoriously fickle. That’s also true for other phenomena. This year in particular is turbulent with...
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    I wonder if you've had a chance to peruse the...

    I wonder if you've had a chance to peruse the second number on this thread:

    http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?88378-Something-Old-and-Something-New
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    Russell Baker

    I just heard that one of America's wittiest writers has shuffled off this here mortal coil: Russell Baker (1925-2019.)

    Best known as a newspaper columnist and a memoirist, Mr. Baker received two...
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    Annual List of Banished Words 2019

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! LSSU has just issued its list of banished words for 2019.

    In the increasingly humble opinion of yours fooly, the choices were/are apt. Do you agree or...
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    Is it really you? Long time, no see! How the...

    Is it really you? Long time, no see! How the h--- are you? Nice to see you hanging round the NitLet again.
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    Ghosts of Turkeys Past

    With unseasonably early snowy weather and a dismayingly dull foliage season, the calendar persists in stating that it's Autumn. Hence Autumnal fests are still on, yes? Over here in what assumedly...
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    Wow,q! Long time, no see. Welcome back.

    Wow,q! Long time, no see. Welcome back.
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    As yours fooly has said of the years, your verses...

    As yours fooly has said of the years, your verses have a strong "voice." Another feature that's just occurred to me (after reading your Nov 7 posting) is your attempt to capture a spirit of place...
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    Halloween Ditty 2018

    Autumn is my favorite season, but I could take or leave Halloween. (Aside from the treats, I mean.) There’s something about the way Americans celebrate this quasi-holiday that bothers me. (And I...
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    Thanks so much, Hawkman.

    Thanks so much, Hawkman.
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    Thank you, Hawk. In the 2018 Commencement...

    Thank you, Hawk. In the 2018 Commencement Address, both the opening patter of the speaker and the subsequent marching song derive from The Music Man by the great Meredith Wilson.
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    Your M.O, for comedy writing has been proven in...

    Your M.O, for comedy writing has been proven in the wild: it certainly worked for Mel, Carl, and the late Neil S. I agree with that dictum as well, but also subscribe to the philosophy of that...
  21. Thank you, Logos. It seems better lately, knock...

    Thank you, Logos. It seems better lately, knock on wood.
  22. Thank you, tailor. I will pursue it. By the...

    Thank you, tailor. I will pursue it.
    By the bye, did you know that there is a pun -- perhaps intended--in the fabled statuary in front of the New York Public Library on Fifth Ave? "Patience" and...
  23. Looking for Title and Author of a Decades-old Book

    Years ago when my bitter half and yours fooly had limited resources (i.e., no TV, etc.), we spent most of our leisure time in a small branch of a local public library. Our tastes were more or less...
  24. Must be like our phone-- most of the time it...

    Must be like our phone-- most of the time it proclaims itself "Not in Service," like a NYC cab driver circa 1955. But as you can see, I'm in today. Hope it continues so when I finally write my book...
  25. The Log In Nightmare continues--Administrator Please Help!

    I get the cursed "404" message every time I type my password and try to log in.

    The only way I had access just now is by entering a previous post in "Google's" browser window.

    Some scourge that...
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