Monthly Archives: May 2015

Bookshelf Anomalies

I am not a terribly organized person — or perhaps I am, because my organization skills are indeed terrible. Friends of mine pull their hair when they see that my books and CDs follow no particular organizing principle. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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Pre-Graduation Potpourri

We’re tidying up the Mid-Century Mondohaus a bit, as we have visitors coming in for next Friday’s graduation ceremony for the Spawn. Specifically, one of Mrs. M’s brothers and his family are coming in, and the Mad Dog and his … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, in Muncie…

The town where I did my Ph.D. makes the news again. I don’t know if this is testimony to the quality of BBQ in Muncie — I know Texans, Tennesseans, and Carolinians who could probably make better —  or to … Continue reading

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Nudging the Doorstops

A few days ago, I posted a few comments on what I saw as a rise in novels being sold by the pound. A dear friend of mine — of more than four decades standing — has responded with some … Continue reading

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The Traditional Memorial Day Post

Once again, we remember. For Sgt. James Michial Moore, USA, KIA, Vietnam, and those before and after. Archibald MacLeish was an ambulance driver and artilleryman in World War I, and his brother, a naval aviator, was killed in 1918. This poem … Continue reading

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On Doorstops

The Great Gatsby is not one of my favorite books — far too soapy for my tastes. On the upside, at just over 47,000 words, it’s less than 5% as long as the Bataan Death March of British literature, Clarissa. (By … Continue reading

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QotD: Commencement Edition

While I recognize the name of British novelist Ian McEwan, I have to admit that I’ve not read his work that I can recall. (Anyone who has been dubbed “Ian Macabre” may be worth a look, say I.) However, Mr. … Continue reading

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