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Book Review: Dictionary Of Gestures

Dictionary Of Gestures:  Expressive Comportments And Movements In Use Around The World, by François Caradec, illustrated by Philippe Cousin, translated by Chris Clarke This was not as good a book as I hoped it would be.  Like many people, I … Continue reading

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OK Boomer

Throughout my life I have had an ambivalent relationship with Baby Boomers.  Both of my parents were Boomers, my father (and stepfather) being born towards the beginning of the generation and subject to the difficulties of the Vietnam War and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dear Grandchild, This Is Me

Dear Grandchild, This Is Me, by Waterbrook [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Waterbrook/Multnomah Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Although I have no children (to say nothing of grandchildren), I found this particular project … Continue reading

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A Defense Of Snitches

Last week, like many other people, I was thrilled to see rapper Takashi 6ix9ine spend three days in a courtroom in New York City singing like a canary and telling the court (and the world) about the various people who … Continue reading

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The Fatal Difference Between Dialogue And Dialectic

When I examine the state of politics in the Anglo-Saxon world (which is rather dismal, it must be candidly admitted), I am reminded of the fatal lure of dialectic, by which the behavior of one particular side in a given … Continue reading

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A Poverty Of Language

One of the most profound ways that a language can be impoverished is to be unable to express or describe something.  There are, of course, various ways this issue can be overcome.  One can have languages like Hebrew, for example, … Continue reading

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On The Neglected Ironies Of Coercion Culture

For some time, I have found myself to be deeply troubled by the implications of the contemporary hostility towards coercion that has made itself plain in language and culture.  Few people would doubt, for example, that rape is a horrible … Continue reading

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Book Review: Married Roommates

Married Roommates:  How To Go From A Relationship That Just Survives To A Marriage That Thrives, by Talia and Allen Wagner [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Reedsy Discovery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Serendipity

Serendipity:  Language And Lunacy, by Umberto Eco This particular book is a collection of essays, and they demonstrate the approach that Umberto Eco has taken as a semiotician through the course of his career as a philosopher.  With a strong … Continue reading

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The Fan As Ambassador

For a variety of reasons, I tend to think seriously about the issue of fandom [1], not least because it is an issue which I find to be greatly important in surprising ways in our lives.  To say that one … Continue reading

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