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Welcome, Come On In

I'm pleased to report that I'm a blogger now.  The columns I've written for the Friends of the Longmont Library monthly newsletter are online.  See the link and a sample snippet below.

Raise your hand if you ever resolved to read a dictionary from cover to cover.  Me, too.  Can you beat E?  Gustave Flaubert died in 1880, leaving behind notes for a Dictionary of Received Ideas, a list of the trite observations people make in conversations.  For example, undecipherable handwriting is "a sign of deep science, e.g. doctors' prescriptions."  From 1881 to 1906, Ambrose Bierce brought out installments of his witty The Devil's Dictionary, which you can Google and enjoy on-line. His briefest entry:  "Once, adv.  Enough."

 

From The Laughing Librarian, by Jeanette C. Smith, comes this distinction:  "Novels are milk. . . Poetry is whipped cream. . . Translations are skim milk."  Which calls to mind Mark Twain's liquid comparison:  "My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine.  Everybody drinks water."

 

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