Category Archives: Language

Lucifer’s Lexicon by L.A. Rollins

(Originally published in SALON: A Journal of Aesthetics) Are you in need of someone to convince you that things are awful and will only degenerate; that people basically suck and many are even worse than that; and that you personally … Continue reading

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Audio book narrators, oh, puh-leeeze!

Actually, it’s only a tiny percentage of audio book readings that have something weird going on. I’ve heard zillions of paragraphs nobly read, and even written fan mail to my favorite narrator, George Guidall, whose performances are stellar. What sounds … Continue reading

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Fire the Editor

The novel: Another Thing to Fall The author: Laura Lippman – who who sells a lot of books. (Way more than me, for sure. That’s not the point here. The point is, to strike a blow for literacy and so … Continue reading

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The Myth of Natural Rights and Other Essays

Yes, I’ve been very much wanting to say something about this volume published by Nine-Banded Books. I kept putting it off, because I read “The Myth of Natural Rights,” which is the anchor of the collection, a few years ago, … Continue reading

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Shine the Light

My very favorite art form is the Appreciation. When I find somebody or something I can endorse wholeheartedly, it’s the best kind of piece to write. I’d rather expound upon the reasons why Norman Spinrad is a great among the … Continue reading

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Top Ten Linguistic Bloopers 7 – 10

Decimated Nauseous Prone Aquiline Somewhat Unique State of the Art Older Laundry List Changed the Course of History, and Could Care Less (Dedicated to the proposition that words mean something.) Something has happened to the word older. Let’s back up … Continue reading

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Top Ten Linguistic Bloopers 4-6

Decimated Nauseous Prone Aquiline Somewhat Unique State of the Art Older Laundry List Changed the Course of History, and Could Care Less (Dedicated to the proposition that words mean something.) An aquiline nose is a curved nose. Aquila is Latin … Continue reading

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