Who I Support in the Primary

Because a pro-ACA, -choice, -gun control, -Paris agreement billionaire who can outspend Republicans, remain unbeholden to special interests, and win the middle (along with a good chunk of the right) is just the thing.

I've developed an aversion to the phrasal preposition "as well as ...." It reads as though one couldn't find a sensible way to incorporate an addendum, so he has stuck it on the end of something else that's well-formed.

The language carrot …

“I don’t speak,” Bijaz said. “I operate a machine called language. It creaks and groans, but is mine own.”"Dune Messiah" (1969) by Frank Herbert Today, the BBC published an article on what it means to be fluent in a language. Fluency might be the unicorn sighting of the second language universe--that thing everyone carries on... Continue Reading →

Hace mucho tiempo no nos escribimos

Blog updates succumbed to summer ennui this year, but there's nothing like refreshing time away from the U.S. to get the words flowing again. It's remarkable what a reliable metro system with occupants who know how to act in public will do for my overall humor. I'm writing this from the patio of my hotel... Continue Reading →

The trouble with books …

The next time your students ask if they can rely on books for their research, you can tell them this: Book publishers don’t normally fact-check books. They’ll run sensitive material by lawyers, but otherwise it’s on authors to make sure their work is accurate. Generally, this works out fine. Sometimes, it does not. When books... Continue Reading →

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