Monthly Archives: December 2011

Honorable deaths?

quodsi uiri sui faciem ignorat, deo profecto denupsit et deum nobis praegnatione ista gerit.  certe si diuini puelli (quod absit) haec mater audierit statim me laqueo nexili suspendam. If Psyche doesn’t know what her husband looks like, I’d bet she … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL

DATA and CAST Allow me to vent! One night I was surfing the channels, as is sometimes my wont late in the day.  I caught Beautiful (2000) right after it had started, and stayed with it:  I like Minnie Driver!  … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW Lying and Poetry from Homer to Pindar

Review of Louise H. Pratt Lying and Poetry from Homer to Pindar Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press (1993) pp. viii + 180 [Reprinted from Electronic Antiquity 1994 II 2  (August)] University of Tasmania, Australia This revised University of Michigan … Continue reading

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SABRINA 1954

DATA and CAST A story that chronicles the transformation of the chauffeur’s daughter into the bride of the heir apparent in a fabulously wealthy family looks suspiciously like a fairy tale — especially so when she provides the opening voice-over:  … Continue reading

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LANGUAGE OLIO 5: Words 1 – prosopagnosia phonagnosia

“Have We Met?  Tracing Face Blindness to Its Roots” The New York Times Tuesday 27 December 2011 p. D5 From time to time I’ll just do a brief little riff on a word or two, for reasons of general interest, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW Les substantifs masculins latins en … i(ō), … i(ō)nis

Review of Françoise Gaide Les substantifs masculins latins en … i(ō), … i(ō)nis. (Bibliothèque de l’Information grammaticale, 15.) Leuven :  Peeters, 1988. Pp. 373.  F250. First published in Language 66.2 (June 1990) :  414-415. [Republished here by permission of the editor of … Continue reading

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INTERSECTION

DATA and CAST Intersection (1994) is about the intersection of lives at the three apices of the romantic triangle.  It’s romance that could have turned comedic but, in the end, turns tragic — in the limited modern sense of that … Continue reading

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