Category Archives: writing

  1. Peeves, Persiflage, and Portmanteaux

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    June 18, 2022 by libroshombre

                “Foist,” “to introduce surreptitiously,” is a word I like, perhaps because librarians enjoy  foisting books and information, albeit overtly, …
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  2. Stout, Seuss, and the Bible

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    April 23, 2022 by libroshombre

                In “A History of Reading,” Alberto Manguel wrote, “At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of …
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  3. Proofing, Generosity, and Sic

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    January 16, 2022 by libroshombre

    A recent online article, “The Language of Climate is Evolving From ‘Change’ to ‘Catastrophe’,” reminded me of the enormous debt …
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  4. Thumbs, Maxims, and Regret

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    November 6, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Doctors say that our thumb is our master-finger and that our French word for it, ‘pouce,’ derives from the Latin …
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  5. Mercenaries, Landmarks, and Marginalia

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    January 2, 2021 by libroshombre

    LIBRARIAN COLUMN Contact Greg Hill, 479-4344                                                  December 31, 2020             Xenophon, the Greek mercenary and historian, left a fascinating account …
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  6. Communicating, Grooming, and Gossiping

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    September 10, 2020 by libroshombre

                Some books really stick with you, and Harold Innis’ “Empire and Communications” is one of mine.  It’s “a sweeping …
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  7. Zippy, Joyce, and Margaret

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    February 21, 2019 by libroshombre

    LIBRARIAN COLUMN Contact Greg Hill, 479-4344                                                              January 31, 2019 A recent Zippy the Pinhead comic strip reminded me of how …
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  8. Blackwing 602, Bugs Bunny, and Privacy

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    August 5, 2018 by libroshombre

    What do Leonard Bernstein, John Steinbeck, Quincy Jones, E.B. White, Eugene O’Neill, Archibald MacLeish, Loony Tunes animator Chuck Jones, and …
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  9. Service Animals, Sheepskins, and Marc Antony’s Gift

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    March 23, 2017 by libroshombre

      No one at my library school ever mentioned a number of items that would later loom large. For example, …
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  10. Writers, Editors, and Mean Parrots

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    October 31, 2016 by libroshombre

      Stephen Ambrose, author of “Band of Brothers” and “Undaunted Courage,” once noticed that, “There are many more want-to-be writers …
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