Tag Archives: Enumeration

Paradise of the Paratext

The long list: Contents Editor’s Acknowledgments Note to Readers Forewords Desiring Initiating Transgressing Loving Afterwords Notes on Authors Acknowledgements Index of Authors and Titles Which I condense to a burning core: Desiring Initiating Transgressing Loving from Robert Dessaix Australian Gay … Continue reading

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Circumbendibus

Listening to a performance of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer I delight in hearing this lovely enumeration and had to share the pleasure with mine eyes: I first took them down Feather-bed Lane, where we stuck fast in the … Continue reading

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The Rituals of the Evening

I thought sundowning was a synonym for winding down. Actually it refers to the agitation of Alzheimer’s patients at the end of the day as their environment shifts. My take on the term to refer to prepping for sleep is … Continue reading

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Plant Contemplation and the End of Contemplation

Roger Deakin Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees “The Bluebell Picnic” On the art and garden of John Nash Quite why so many woodland plants are poisonous is an interesting question, but the bluebell is one of them. The sleep of … Continue reading

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Noise or Song: Neither

Roger Deakin “The Rookery” Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees The more they flew, the more noise the rooks made. Whether you can call it melody is the question I lay pondering. Gilbert White goes so far as to say ‘rooks … Continue reading

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Foodie Renovation

Tamar Adler Something Old, Something New: Classic Recipes Revisited Leftover [shrimp] pâté is also miraculous stirred into hot polenta or risotto or congee or grits. I love the enumeration — it speaks to an internationalism and to cross-cultural familiarity. And … Continue reading

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Shoes & Laces

A cobbling of quotation: There we are again: the ethical question of how to render “experience itself.” Lyricism becomes associated with the moral failings of a belles lettres tradition of dressed-up writing, one that makes the words shimmer, shudder, and … Continue reading

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The Set of Seven Utterances

Attila József (1905 – 1937) “The Seventh” Winter Night: Selected Poems of Attila József, translated by John Bátki These are the opening stanzas: If you set out in this world, better be born seven times. Once, in a house on … Continue reading

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Ever Green In the Archive

From ad copy from the London Review of Books Spring is here, but the LRB, like cypress, pine, fir, cedar, spruce, hemlock, juniper, eucalyptus and magnolia trees, is evergreen. Which is to say that pieces and issues from a month, … Continue reading

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Welsh for Carrot

This is a short piece from Adam Jacot de Boinod The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World p. 116 Menu Envy In some cases, though, it’s the unfamiliar word rather than the food itself that … Continue reading

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