Category Archives: public libraries

  1. Scherpstekendevliegs, Anticipation, and Unreadable Books

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    July 9, 2022 by libroshombre

                Anticipation can be excruciating, but also sweet, as A.A. Milne illustrated in writing “‘Well,’ said Pooh, ‘what I like …
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  2. Ashurbanipal’s Library, Queen Readers, and the Intolerably Stupid

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    May 23, 2022 by libroshombre

                Once upon a time, back when literacy was really rare, no one ever read silently to themselves, and all …
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  3. Band Names, Numbers and Elephants

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    March 19, 2022 by libroshombre

                The Lone Tones is the name of the acapella doowop group in Austin that I’ve sung with for forty-plus …
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  4. Banana Peels, White Wings, and Moby Dick

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    March 12, 2022 by libroshombre

                Eric Hoffer, the American longshoreman philosopher, noticed that “Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which …
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  5. Comics, Maypoles, and Book Banning

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    March 12, 2022 by libroshombre

    Carl Sagan is certainly missed; apart from his glowing cosmological credentials and general brilliance, he was insightful while maintaining his …
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  6. Pop-Tarts, Frogs, and the Alamo

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    November 6, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Woman Sues Kellogg Over Lack of Strawberries in Strawberry Pop-Tarts,” a recent Washington Post article, got me considering how …
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  7. Evites, N-grams, and Bloody Tubs

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    May 21, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Mutable” is a good word that means “prone to change, inconstant,” according to Merriam-Webster, and it also describes all …
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  8. Browsing with Mimi, Trina, and Beverly

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    April 8, 2021 by libroshombre

                My daughter Mimi was eight the winter of 1997 when she received a letter from Trina Schart Hyman, the …
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  9. Laughing at Pandemics, Kings, and Abracadabra

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    January 14, 2021 by libroshombre

                Merriam-Webster.com has announced that, “based upon a statistical analysis of words that are looked up in extremely high numbers …
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  10. Castigators, Correcters, and Compassion

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    January 10, 2021 by libroshombre

                Anti-democracy insurgents are storming the Capitol Building and holding Congress hostage as I write this, while the President refuses …
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