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Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Serialized

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was first published on December 19, 1843. He had written it at a feverish pace for six weeks beginning it in October of that year and determined that it should be published in time for Christmas. The Morgan Library has the original manuscirpt. The publication…

Jason P. Sneed on the Social Function of Humor

Jason P. Sneed on Twitter on 8/9/2016: 1. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the social function of humor (in literature & film) and here’s the thing about “just joking.” 2. You’re never “just joking.” Nobody is ever “just joking.” Humor is a social act that performs a social function…

Elsewhere for December 4, 2016

You should read this for 12/4/2016: Water not war, Pepper nuts, scraps of poetry and authenticity (or the lack thereof) online Secretary of State contender Petraeus knowingly leaked secrets to his biographer and lied to FBI “Retired Army general David Petraeus, who stepped down as CIA chief amid the scandal of…

Elsewhere for November 27, 2016

You should read this for 11/27/2016: Nazis for real, Black sea Medieval shipwrecks, Collectible Christmas ornaments to Make America Grate Again, and Mom’s Pumpkin Pie ‘Hail Trump!’: White Nationalists Salute the President Elect Stop it with the “alt right”and “White Nationalists” euphuisms; they’re Nazis. Call them Nazis. Don’t help them hide….

Donne’s Meditation XVII

John Donne Meditation XVII from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1624)1 The Devotions were written, for the most part, in December of 1623 when Donne was recovering from (and possibly still suffering from) a serious illness that began in the previous November. At the time, many in London were suffering and…

Elsewhere for November 20, 2016

You should read this for 11/20/2016: Fake news, Poetry, Irish Speaking Truth To Power, Internment In our Future, and Cardamom “Obama used to be a law professor. This is key. . . . Trump walked into the Oval Office like a two-pump-chump freshman thinking it was syllabus day, and what…

Elsewhere for November 13, 2016

You should read this for 11/13/2016:   Ancient Greek mosaics revealed.This is old news, but more restoration has taken place. These are stunning. Go look. Newly discovered cave etchings date from between 12,000 and 14,500 years ago. Beautiful images of animals, some of them to very large scale, discovered in…

Elsewhere for October 23, 2016

You should read this for 10/23/2016: On the campaign trail in Ohio, President Obama blasts the GOP “The problem is, is that they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time, . . . They’ve been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years, primarily for political expedience.” Why…

Elsewhere for October 16, 2016

You should read this for 10/16/2016: Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence From the Executive Office of the President National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology; .pdf file. The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About Via The Economist Barack Obama writes about the four crucial…

Elsewhere for October 9, 2016

You should read this for 10/9/2016: How to make Armenian coffee from Henry Kalebjian Henry is the master roaster at San Francisco’s Henry’s House of Coffee The Neighborhood Bookstore’s Unlikely Ally? The Internet“After years of losses, [independent bookstores] are emerging from the decimation, with the number of independent bookstores rising…