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Bani-shed!

Tybalt is gone, and Romeo banished; Romeo that kill’d him, he is banished. ~ Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, III.ii They are free men, but I am banished. And say’st thou yet that exile is not death? Hadst thou no poison … Continue reading

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Every Word Is a New Idea

“We say that our way of life was attacked on September 11. What we mean is that our words were attacked — our sauntering, freewheeling, raucous, stumbling, unbridled, unregulated, unorthodox words. All that we are in this country came out … Continue reading

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Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Important

At HEB this afternoon, having verified that I had, indeed, spent my last sou on a cup of coffee at Waterloo Writers, I ran my credit card through the scanner. The resulting screen read, Select Tender Type. Tender. Such a … Continue reading

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Day 23: The most beautiful words

The most beautiful word in the English language is the compound word cellar door. J. R. R. Tolkien said that. I have no idea why. I’m partial to murmur and serendipity. A student once told me that hearing the word … Continue reading

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