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Can the Same Thing Again Come as a Surprise?

by Grubby I am in general in favor of repeating myself, and it seems to me that as a blogger I have a special license to do so. So although I have said it before, this will not prevent me from remarking again here that echo says the impossible. But let me also go a little further and say that the marvelous phenomenon of refrain ...

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On Ignoring Your Standards Sometimes

by Grubby When I was seventeen years old, I thought American Beauty and Fight Club were the best movies ever made, and I said so at every opportunity. After much pestering, Mom and Dad sacrificed two evenings to watch them with me, even though they hated both movies almost from the first minute. They even sat through the ...

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Chaucer and the Problem With Poetry

by Rachel Shunk   When Chaucer’s bumbling narrator in the House of Fame dreams that he has been snatched up by a Dantean eagle, he supposes he is about to be carried bodily into heaven. “Thou demest of thyself amis,” the eagle assures him, deflating the narrator’s absurd mistake, which is born of fear and desire ...

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On Fartistry

by Joseph Prever Today I spent fifteen minutes of my evening commute meditating on twelve seconds of dialogue from Parks & Recreation. The line "Well I doth proclaim to be a stupid fartface" kept presenting itself to my mind, and every time it did, I laughed, as if the joke were a magical orange that replenished itself with ...