Category Archives: Introductions

paratexts and patter

Ever noticed that a truncated acronym can have a marked effect on the public perception of an organization’s mandate? Take for instance CDC which expanded should net “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”. Minding ps and qs. In another matter, … Continue reading

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“I’m just saying, ‘Can we be slightly less stupid, and we’ll all be better off for it.'”

Dear Lindsay, On my walk today I noticed less pigeons and leaner pigeons and the squirrels were also looking slimmer. Less people feeding them less. The animals (including people) look more healthy. Everything is finally slowing down. In my slow … Continue reading

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Provenance Marking Inventions

Dr. Hilary Green @HilaryGreen77 Associate Professor, University of Alabama. Author of Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South (2016). via Julian Chambliss @JulianChambliss #Professor @MichiganStateu #BlackImaginary Exploring #Digital, #Comics, #Cities, & #Culture. #AssemblingtheMCU #CitiesImagined via Kathleen Fitzpatrick @kfitz … Continue reading

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Throwing the Book Look : Reading the Riot Act with the Dictionary

Law as mass noun as count noun [something to do with counting and amassing] – let this percolate – Note in my drafts this reading of the riot act overwrote the Cis-trans-cis/trans posting to Berneval — these topics are like … Continue reading

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Cis-trans-cis/trans

“the tenacious pleasures of victimhood” Pankaj Mishra Consider a solution for lots of washroom and good/bad feminist debates: a Trans only, Cis only, Cis-Trans combined spaces, all fungible (mutually interchangeable) with proper signing and postage. Turn to Ontario Human Rights … Continue reading

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Culinary Periodization

Introduction James Beard’s American Cookery It should be apparent that this not a book of regional cookery, it is not a collection of family recipes, it is not primarily a critique of American cuisine. It is simply a record of … Continue reading

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Convivium & Liberty

I like how the cluster of language functions (to tell stories, to reason with and to play with language itself) seem to follow an order but our text is careful to point out that the participants in the discursive situation … Continue reading

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Skipping and Slinging

Neil Gaiman Forward to Shaun Tan The Singing Bones There are stories, honed by the retelling, simplified by the people who recorded them and transmitted them, old stories, with the edges rubbed off them, like the pebbles on a beach, … Continue reading

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Horsing Around

Yoland Villemaire Présentation critique French Kiss: étreinte/exploration by Nicole Brossard Les intrigues se chevauchent et se confondent, les protagonistes frenchkissent au point de disparaître dans l’étreinte. Ça danse tellement que l’armature du récit n’est plus qu’une radiation du sens et … Continue reading

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The Burial of Hunger

In a paragraph referencing culinary history from Apicius on the order of courses, Mario Pei presents a sentence containing and extending a long repeated pattern: Once the arts of civilization are established, it seems normal to open the meal with … Continue reading

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