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Letting Go

Philip Roth is dead.  He was old, and it wasn’t exactly sad, and he wasn’t writing fiction anymore, so what did we get from him anyway?  Just two days ago I reread an interview he did with the Times by … Continue reading

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Burgess of the Bilabial Fricative

The Doctor is Sick, Anthony Burgess, 1960 “‘You’ve got this obsession, haven’t you?’ said Dr. Railton. ‘With words, I mean.’” Dr. Edwin Spindrift does. He’s a philologist, a linguist with an obsession with the bilabial fricative, “sound, etymology and lexical definition.” … Continue reading

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A Dynamic World

Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars is, quite simply, a perfect novel. It combines the thrilling driving intensity of a compelling plot with the capability for insight and introspection and revealing observation. Its descriptions of the fourth planet, … Continue reading

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