Word of the week: Hiatus
1 August 2022 | 1:00 pm

A break, a gap, an interruption. Example sentence (and also a true statement): I’ll be on hiatus from the blog during the month of August. I may pop back in once or twice—I’m reading a book I’d like to review here—but mostly I’m going to imitate French people, or New...

July linkfest
29 July 2022 | 1:53 pm

I’ve been gradually expanding my newsletter diet to include some lighter (but still substantial) fare. A few recommendations: The Department of Salad, by Emily Nunn, is, yes, about salad and salad lore, but is also just a very chatty, very funny from an excellent writer. If you haven’t made Spicy...

Word of the week: J6
25 July 2022 | 11:49 pm

Some significant historical dates are expressed in numerical shorthand: 7/7, 9/11, 8888. (The last number represents Burma’s People Power Uprising, also known as the 8888 Uprising, which peaked on 8 August 1988.) But the riot at the US Capitol that took place on January 6, 2021, is widely known by...


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