The DiCaprio film adaptation of The Great Gatsby reminds me that of all the novels I’ve read, it had my favorite closing sentence: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. The novel with my favorite opening sentence is Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities: It was the best of [...]
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I was in Russia when a tourist from New York turned to me and said, “Whatever happened to Chicago?” To this mysterious question he added, “I kept thinking it was going to break through, but it never did.” Nonplussed, I tried to think of a Chicago breakthrough. Eventually I must have sputtered something about Nobel [...]
The US Senate and the European Parliament likened to the ostrich that Sir Thomas Browne tried to feed an iron bun.
Google not and tell me: What is the origin of the phrase “red herring” and how is it of particular interest on this day? UPDATE: AS OF 9:18 AM SUNDAY LONDON TIME THERE ARE NO CORRECT ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SO HERE IS A HINT. THE EVENT OF CONCERN THAT MAKES THE PHRASE Of PARTICULAR [...]
What happened to the fourth book of Alexei Panshin’s series of Anthony Villiers stories?
Wayne Hall on “Problematizing the Foucauldian Hegemony.”
P.G. Wodehouse published a light-hearted but viciously effective satirical attack on Oswald Mosley, head of the British Union of Fascists, in 1938. That seems relevant to judging his motives in making broadcasts on German radio after having been captured during the conquest of France.
Based on its vivid colors and exaggerated gestures, one is tempted to dismiss Academy Award Best Picture nominee Les Miserables as a cartoon. But cartoons have clarity of line and a sense of direction, not to mention momentum from frame to frame. This movie is more like the result of dropping the Sunday funnies in [...]