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Why I prefer to read a poem than hear it recited

When I was a  very young boy, I was an obsessive reader of Charles Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. Not only did I read it as soon as the daily paper arrived, but I cut out every strip and pasted it in a scrapbook, with a whole page reserved for the big Sunday color strip.  The […]

Here’s the katydid!

Did you spot it in Mark Sturtevant’s photo? I didn’t find it easy, but here it is:

Antifa: a handicap for the Left

Antifa, the loosely-organized network of “antifascists” that comprises largely anarchists and socialists, has never appealed to me.  The problem is that while I like some of its aims: to oppose the Trump administration, to demonstrate against racism, to provide counterspeech in the face of odious speech, and so on, I nevertheless decry Antifa’s methods. Those […]

Spot the katydid!

Reader Mark Sturtevant sent a “spot the katydid” photo (click to enlarge). He notes that “I am pretty sure [the readers] can since they are amazingly good at these sorts of things.” Okay, give it a try. Reveal at 11 Chicago time:

Readers’ eclipse photos

If I’d thought of it, I would have asked readers to send in photos that they took of the solar eclipse. But several did anyway, and here they are. These are from Michael Glenister: I drove from Vancouver down to Jefferson, Oregon to see the eclipse.  Even heading down the day before traffic was bad […]

99 to go

I noticed this figure when I woke up. OMG OMG maybe we’ll get to 50,000 before I leave for Poland. (Humor me on this countdown; this will be the last post until we hit the magic number.)

Honey came back yet again

My duck Honey is clearly messing with me. After a full day’s absence, in which I convinced myself that she was gone and tried to accept it, she reappeared at lunchtime yesterday. We communed at length at lunch and teatime, and much corn and many mealworms were consumed, but this roller-coaster of emotions is unsettling […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning; it’s Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at least in the U.S. It’s National Spongecake Day, a pretty useless cake unless one mitigates its dryness by drenching it with things like fresh strawberries and cream. Does anybody eat plain spongecake? I see from the news that Trump once again embarrassed himself last night at a […]

Heather Hastie on the statue-removal frenzy and other issues

I’m a bit conflicted about the mania to remove Confederate statues that’s going on throughout the U.S. Yes, some people are offended by them, but they’re also a part of our history—an unsavory part, to be sure, but something we shouldn’t forget. After all, the remains of Manzanar, the California prison camp where many Japanese-Americans […]

The new Turkish curriculum: more Qur’an and jihad, less evolution and Ataturk

Over the past year I’ve written repeatedly about the terrible things happening in Turkey since Recep Erdoğan took over as the country’s President in 2014.  Once a vibrant and largely secular nation thanks to the vision of Kemal Atatürk, Turkey is being ground down by the heel of its new pro-Islamic government, which clearly intends to […]