Category Archives: Literature

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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WHY I MARKED BOOKS.

WHY I MARKED BOOKS. It occurred to me that the Hawking Index might be biased against fiction books because readers are more likely to mark passages that are difficult so they can revisit them. I know that all through college … Continue reading

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THE HAWKING INDEX FOR SOME WELL-KNOWN BOOKS.

THE HAWKING INDEX FOR SOME WELL-KNOWN BOOKS. This gallery in the Independent gives Hawking Index scores for some representative books: 1.Donna Tartt THE GOLDFINCH 98.5 2. Suzanne Collins CATCHING FIRE (from the Hunger Games trilogy) 43.4 3.Scott Fitzgerald THE GREAT … Continue reading

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THE HAWKING INDEX.

THE HAWKING INDEX. This article by Joseph Brean in the National Post has a good explanation of how the Hawking Index is calculated. The Index, which was devised by Jordan Ellenberg, a mathematician at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is … Continue reading

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KNIGHTS FIGHTING SNAILS REVISITED.

KNIGHTS FIGHTING SNAILS REVISITED. I am finishing 2016 with the same question with which I started the year. In response to a link Annalisa sent me, I started 2016 with this post about the large number of drawings of knights … Continue reading

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