Daily Archives: March 1, 2018

Blizhneye Zarubezhye

In 1992 a term of ominous political importance [1] entered the English language and changed English grammar in the process.  The term was “near abroad,” a translation of the Russian expression “blizhneye zarubezhye,” which referred to the ambiguous place of … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Missy Elliott

Sometimes, you appreciate an artist without realizing just how popular they are.  As a teenager I was amused by the odd rhymes of one Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, who along with her friend Timbaland, helped to expand the range of rap … Continue reading

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Book Review: Elephant Complex

Elephant Complex:  Travels In Sri Lanka, by John Gimlette I am not unfamiliar with the author [1] thanks to being a fond reader of travel books.  Admittedly, Sri Lanka is not a nation I am familiar with myself [2], although … Continue reading

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Book Review: At The Tomb Of The Inflatable Pig

At The Tomb Of The Inflatable Pig:  Travels Through Paraguay, by John Gimlette Having become familiar with the author thanks to his humorous writing about his travels through the Guianas [1], I sought to read as much about the author … Continue reading

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