Monthly Archives: March 2014

Is the period a goner? Is this the end of history? Punctuation is dead! Grammar is kaput! There’s panic in the streets!

“The disappearance of punctuation (including word spacing, capital letters, and so on), indicates an enormous shift in our attitude to the written word, and nobody knows where it will end.” – Lynne Truss It’s likely apocryphal, this tale about the … Continue reading

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The cat came back, the very next day: A poet’s meditation on borders — physical and emotional, traditional and modern

A poet has entered middle age, to realize that he is not writing. He is an editor, a mentor to others, helping them achieve their own dreams. But not his own. He works out a budget, plots a year of … Continue reading

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Green beer? How about green tea? That cup was derived from the hot toddy tankard…

Yes, yes, St. Patrick’s Day is all about green beer. And ‘tis goodly true that a Guinness is a full meal in itself for the toughier folk, while a single, lighter lager with some food colouring in it will allow … Continue reading

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Inspector Maigret must forestall a riot: The author’s editor kept demanding less of a ‘literary’ style

La langue française est une belle langue dans laquelle il y a beaucoup de poésie qui passe. Il y a beaucoup de choses qui passent dans la langue française. Je ne dis pas qu’il n’y a pas de la poésie … Continue reading

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