did he just say something sacrilitigious?

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FACEBOOK GETS MY ATTENTION in the early morning hours as I sip my coffee and wait for that part of my brain/mind that ra­ti­o­ci­nates to kick into gear. I scroll through my time­line and when an in­ter­esting image catches my at­ten­tion, I read it, and some­times chime in. I try to be pos­i­tive and hu­morous: yes­terday I made a some­what silly com­ment on someone’s Face­book page and I coined a word that somehow re­lated in some way to the orig­inal post: ‘sac­ril­iti­gious.’ READ MORE

hermits cranks pseudoscience and martin gardner

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MARTIN GARDNER WAS A SKEPTIC. He was one of the first ‘modern skep­tics’ and one of the most im­por­tant. He made his liveli­hood as a math­e­matics and sci­ence writer. He is per­haps best known for cre­ating and sus­taining gen­eral in­terest in recre­ational math­e­matics for a large part of the 20th cen­tury through his “Math­e­mat­ical Games” column in Sci­en­tific Amer­ican mag­a­zine (1956–1981). READ MORE

and some other elements of typography

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IN MY PREVIOUS POST,robert bringhurst and the el­e­ments of ty­po­graphic style,” ad­dressed the po­etry that the au­thor brought to his lengthy trea­tise on the his­tory and im­por­tance of ty­pog­raphy. If Bringhurst’s prose did not com­pletely hook you but at least piqued your in­terest in type, then read on, so that I may sug­gest two more books on the sub­ject. READ MORE

mark twain on the united states as a Christian country

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MARK TWAIN seems to have had some­thing to say about any­thing and every­thing, and ex­cept for his be­lief that Will Shake­speare was not the au­thor of any­thing that bore his name, I tend to agree with the old cur­mud­geon about every­thing and anything—including his take on cer­tain cit­i­zens of these here United States as­suming that we all live in a “Chris­tian country.” READ MORE

yossarian lives! (and he’s an octogenarian)

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I JUST FOUND THIS GROOVY ARTICLE titled “Catch-22: A Paradox Turns 50 And Still Rings True,” by Lynn Neary for NPR Books and thought, “Holy Min­derbinder! It’s Yossarian’s birthday and I al­most forgot!” I thought this be­cause I saw the Oc­tober in the article’s date­line and reg­is­tered it as for this Oc­tober. It is not—it was for 2011, meaning that I did forget Yossarian’s birthday. READ MORE

a roaring of tense colors and interlacing of opposites (on dada)

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THERE IS A LITERATURE that does not reach the vo­ra­cious mass. It is the work of cre­ators, is­sued from a real ne­ces­sity in the au­thor, pro­duced for him­self. It ex­presses the knowl­edge of a supreme egoism, in which laws wither away.

Every page must ex­plode, ei­ther by pro­found heavy se­ri­ous­ness, the whirl­wind, po­etic frenzy, the new, the eternal, the crushing joke, en­thu­siasm for prin­ci­ples, or by the way in which it is printed. READ MORE

anomalous stories incongruous places

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STEPHEN JAY GOULD. I can’t re­call what first at­tracted me to him, but it was a long time ago. The first book of his that I re­member reading was The Flamingo’s Smile – Re­flec­tions In Nat­ural His­tory from 1985. What a de­lightful title for a book of es­says on the smileful (have I just coined a new word?) turns that evo­lu­tion has caused Earth’s crea­ture to take!  READ MORE

sherlock holmes on the acquisition of knowledge

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“I CONSIDER THAT A MAN’S BRAIN orig­i­nally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such fur­ni­ture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowl­edge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jum­bled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a dif­fi­culty in laying his hands upon it. READ MORE