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Book Review: The Story Of Yiddish

The Story Of Yiddish:  How A Mish-Mosh Of Languages Saved The Jews, by Neal Karlen My own relationship with Judaism and the Jewish culture have long been deeply ambivalent and complicated.  Belonging from birth to an religious tradition that has … Continue reading

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Book Review: By Hook Or By Crook

By Hook Or By Crook:  A Journey In Search Of English, by David Crystal As someone who greatly enjoys reading about the origins and the tortured history of the English language [1] and languages in general, I found this book … Continue reading

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How I Profitably Spent My Father’s Day

Given the complicated personal history I bring to Father’s Day [1], I tend not to make a great many plans for today.  It so happens though that I received an invitation to go over with some friends and I figured … Continue reading

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Let Them Lead You In The Right Direction

“Follow your heart, your intuition, let them lead you in the right direction,” sang Jewel [1] on the chorus to her top 40 hit from her dance pop “sellout” album 0304 that ended up going only gold and failed to … Continue reading

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Privileges

As a college student one of my acquaintances introduced me to the website for Homestar Runner [1].  Being fond of things that are silly, I found much to enjoy on the website.  One of the characters, Strongbad, answered fake e-mails … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mikado And Five Other Savoy Operas

The Mikado And Five Other Savoy Operas, by W.S. Gilbert W.S. Gilbert, best known as half of the late Victorian powerhouse duo Gilbert & Sullivan, lived the sort of life that was full of drama and incident.  Queen Victoria snubbed … Continue reading

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Profitless Toil

Yesterday morning, I wrote at some length about the general feeling that life was profitless toil not only for me but for humanity in general [1].  There were two layers of that day that led to my reflections on that … Continue reading

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While You Were Away, Or, An Open Letter To My Former Desk Neighbor

Dear [name redacted], During my brief visits over the past couple of weeks to send reports via ftp, which I am still unable to do at my regular desk, you commented that you wondered how the sales managers would fare … Continue reading

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You Could Be Running Up That Hill, Or, The Lament Of The Free Radical

From time to time I have tried to conceive of my own self-understanding of my own psyche in the form of terrain [1].  To give a general summary of my own thoughts about the geography of my own mind, without … Continue reading

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Last Of The Mohicans

You know that empty feeling an office gets when a long weekend approaches?  It begins early in the day, as people call in sick with imaginary maladies in order to stretch a three day weekend into four days.  Even for … Continue reading

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