Monday, June 21, 2021

Bowdlerize the Language!

Let us rid ourselves of such vulgar expressions as "what the dickens" and use instead more proper expressions, such as "what the chickens," "what the chicks," "what the coc . . ." Oh, never mind." 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Holiday!

Somewhere in the world. Here, we're still working like the dickens.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

David Lynn Jones Reappears

The Lady Di informs Us: 

Just a heads up: July 10th [2021] Hardy Arkansas at the Civic Center David Lynn Jones, Tim Crouch and Friends will be playing, I saw them the last of May...so happy. Lynn introduces some new songs and the one he and Tim are working on to release as Bluegrass. Contact me if you need or want any more info on what's happening and I will do my best to find out for you.

Di, I'm sure all of us would love the latest on DLJ. Could you give us a link here?

Friday, June 18, 2021

Hurt

When something hurts like the dickens, what is the dickens, and is the verb trasitive or intransitive?

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Mere Insanity?

Judgmental : Judgmenthol

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Perhaps Alone This Tome Atones . . .

This is perhaps the penultimate academic article I'll write, in the event that my still unpublished Milton paper never sees light. Here you are about to read the opening words from the introduction to my possibly scholarly swan song:

In our time of American literature's various ethnic and multicultural divisions, reflected in a darkened glass through the strife we see daily on the streets of our cities, a visit to an other time of greater unity might be worth the imaginative effort, possibly shedding light on how we Americans have gotten from where we were at mid-twentieth century to where we now find ourselves in our nation and our literature, namely, in a state of brilliant, if exaggerated disjunction, our external and internal borders lit up like glittering cities of glass, lovely, but fragile, crystal cathedrals. But perhaps that is mere simile. Perhaps we are made of stuff less brittle, more flexible than glass . . .

You can find these words of Americana and read further into what I, as an American, have to say about America in the time of that great American, Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), if you look into the journal Foreign Literature Studies, for you'll find within volume 82, on pages 73-105 (May 2021), my full article, made possible by Hankuk University of Foreign Studies through the Institute of Foreign Literature Studies.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Regional Economics

There ain't a dime's worth of difference between a dime and ten cents, excepting the obvious.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Munch-Munch

The chipmunk loves his nuts so muches, he keeps them packed in cheeky bunches, for lunches.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Three-Body Problem?!

The day my physics professor shamelessly introduced our class to the "three-body problem" was the day I dropped physics! I'm not one to debase my mind with such deliberations!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Crunch-Crunch

The squirrel loves his nuts so much
he keeps them packed within a bunch,
for lunch.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Final Exams

You can cheat with cheat-sheets piled high on your shelf,
but in the end find, you've sheet-cheated yourself.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Play Right!

A lie of the mind can only behind.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Forsooth!

The truth of a lie can never be proved; it can only behooved.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Prove It!

"The truth of a life can't ever be proven; it can only be shown." - Jennifer Szalai, NYT, June 2, 2021.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Two States

I grew up along the border of two great states:

The State of Nature

The State of Misery

These two states are better known as:

.                              and                             .

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Bad Joke Made Worse

Honest Questioner: How do you get down off a duck?

Smart Alec Respondent: You don't get down off a duck! You get down off an elephant! Hah! Hah! Hah!

Honest Questioner: Huh? Oh yeah, I get it! You first have to mount an elephant . . . but very carefully. Hah! Hah! Hah! Still . . . where does the down come from?

Smart Alec Respondent: . . .

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Dad Joke

I once took a jet plane, but I prefer lighter colors.

Friday, June 04, 2021

In Chinese:

Does "Four More Years" sound like "More Years of Death"?

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Surname

Is it on-name or above-name?

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Postmodern Ethics?

A noughty's an oughty!

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Odd Poems

This is naught but a naught-line poem.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Life

Life is like a one-liner . . .

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Nice Guy

Early to bed,
Lately to vice,
makes for a mad, bad
healthier nice.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Unsure

When Heisenberg first formulated his famous principle, he waited till what he thought the right time and place for announcing it because he didn't want to be uncertain.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Mixed Messages

In a local paper in Korea, big-lettered smallish headlines read:

"Dutch Architect says local projects
reusing old materials should go global."

Well, that's a new thought.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Witdom to Ponder

The Fog of War: "Tod."
The Frog of Wart: Toad.
Mere Coincidence?

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Words of Comfort for Fellow Bloggers to Reflect Upon

The irony is that when you are at your most ill, say thrashing about wildly in your final death throes, you will have the most interesting things to blog upon, but be totally unable to do so for those staring uselessly at their monitors, awaiting with bated breath your final words . . .

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Factotum

An employee who constructs and deconstructs facts.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Know it for a Fact!

Is every fact a complex construction?

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Tennyson Speaks His Mind

My friend Bill Vallicella draws our attention to these lines in Tennyson:

For nothing worthy proving can be proven, 
Nor yet disproven: wherefore thou be wise, 
Cleave ever to the sunnier side of doubt, 
And cling to Faith beyond the forms of Faith . . .

For Bill's thoughts on this and its context, see here.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Words to Ponder?

"They were men who were here before us. We must build again."

- Stephen Vincent Benét

By the Waters of Babylon (1937)