Monthly Archives: March 2011

Not without mustard

In Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Henry VIII asks his consigliere Thomas Cromwell about his ancestry.  Cromwell was what Simon Schama calls a Putney cleverdick, a blacksmith’s son who had risen to a position of power on the strength of his intelligence … Continue reading

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Write about love it can be in any tense but it must make sense.

“January Wedding” by the Avett Brothers has me thinking about love songs. Here it is: Is it just me or are these lyrics super lame? She keeps it simple and I Am thankful for her kind of loving Because it’s … Continue reading

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Teenage mutant medieval pilgrims

I’ve been reading The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins…well, just now I’ve been reading The Passage, which is mostly a ripoff of The Stand with vampires instead of the flu, but I want to talk about the Dawkins book. The … Continue reading

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A jerk’s a jerk for a’ that.

Being a guy, I have been spared the dread that I will end up looking like my mother–to be sure, some observers felt that my mother in her later years bore a disturbing resemblance to legendary Cubs announcer Harry Caray, … Continue reading

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It’s the dreams that have gotten small

As you probably know, most of Inception takes place in dreams.  At one point, during a gun battle with the dreamer’s security forces, Leo DiCaprio’s gun isn’t having the desired impact.  His British colleague tells him to use a little imagination, and to … Continue reading

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