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TOM WOLFE AND THE EXCLAMATION POINT.

TOM WOLFE AND THE EXCLAMATION POINT. I would have thought that Tom Wolfe would win a competition for the heaviest user of exclamation points because he loves descriptions from the point of view of an excited onlooker. In looking for … Continue reading

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WHICH WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS MOST—THE KEY.

WHICH WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS MOST—THE KEY. Here are the results for the ten writers. The number opposite their names is the number of exclamation points they use per 100,000 words. Elmore Leonard…….49 Ernest Hemingway…..59 Toni Morrison…….111 Salman Rushdie……204 Virginia … Continue reading

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GUESS WHICH OF THESE WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS THE MOST?

GUESS WHICH OF THESE WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS THE MOST? The Atlantic (March 2017) quotes Elmore Leonard on the subject of exclamation points: “You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.” They then test … Continue reading

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A VALENTINE POEM BY JAMES TATE.

A VALENTINE POEM BY JAMES TATE. (for our 45th Valentine’s Day) THE SPLENDID RAINBOW by James Tate The lightning woke us at about three A.M. It sounded like a war was going on out there, the drum rolls, the cannons … Continue reading

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THE HISTORICAL RESEARCH BEHIND MONTY PYTHON’S ATTACK BUNNY.

THE HISTORICAL RESEARCH BEHIND MONTY PYTHON’S ATTACK BUNNY. The dangerousminds post also mentions the killer bunny in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It occurs to me that Terry Jones, one of the Pythons, is a medieval scholar (the author … Continue reading

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GIANT MEDIEVAL ATTACK RABBITS.

GIANT MEDIEVAL ATTACK RABBITS. I posted here at the end of 2016 about medieval knights fighting snails. Here at the dangerousminds website is a collection of illustrations from medieval manuscripts of giant attack bunnies wreaking havoc. (link via instant pundit). … Continue reading

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“THE TROPE OF THE FALLEN LEAVES”.

“THE TROPE OF THE FALLEN LEAVES”. Spiegelman traces the thought in Pound’s poem back to Homer. In the Iliad, a warrior says: “The lives of men are like the generations of leaves; one comes, another dies.” Spiegelman says that the … Continue reading

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EZRA POUND’S SEMI-COLON.

EZRA POUND’S SEMI-COLON. Let me return from Paris crime to Pound’s poem set in a Paris Metro station. (In a Station of the Metro The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.) Willard Spiegelman … Continue reading

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POUND’S ACCOUNT OF HOW 30 LINES WERE REDUCED TO TWO (OR 3).

POUND’S ACCOUNT OF HOW 30 LINES WERE REDUCED TO TWO (OR 3). Mary Jane and I were each surprised to find out from Spiegelman that Pound had started his poem with 30 lines and then cut it severely. I found … Continue reading

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“IN A STATION OF THE METRO”.

“IN A STATION OF THE METRO”. Willlard Spiegelman had a fine analysis in the Wall Street Journal (January 6) of Ezra Pound’s masterpiece “In a Station of the Metro”. I showed it to Mary Jane because the poem is a … Continue reading

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