Monthly Archives: September 2006

Learish Addenda

As I was rereading King Lear, I came across the following lines of villainous Edmund: Pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old comedy. My cue is villainous melancholy, with a sigh like Tom o’Bedlam. — O, these eclipses do portend these divisions. Fa, sol, la, mi. A helpful note in the Arden edition [...]

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Rereading, Rewriting, Being

Whole painstaking books vanish from my mind like dreams. I stare at their spines on my shelves and wonder what they were ever about. I completely forgot I had read Ian McEwan’s Atonement, and I “began” to read it with enthusiasm until, about 40 pages in, familiarity overwhelmed me, dusty characters came to life, and [...]

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Injustice

Some good friends of mine are heading out today to Laramie, Wyoming to play a concert. I have never played there, which really doesn’t seem quite fair, for obvious reasons: There once was a pianist named JeremyWho flew out to give concerts in LaramieBut as he sat down to playA rip at his rear made [...]

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Not Arrivederci, but Addio

There are some cultural events so momentous, dear readers, that I must suspend the daily rotor of events, must pause even mid-Venti, unfolding and plugging in the aluminum square which skeptical future generations, uncomprehending, will have to speculate was some sort of universal God or Icon, and lay fingers velvety over the clicking surfaces, and [...]

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