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I meant to make a laudatory post last week to the effect that, where other than The New Yorker might you find a smart, funny, informative article on a literary figure as obscure as Alfred Lord Dunsany

I took that test when we applied to adopt! Picture was from the 30's: any idiot could tell that you were supposed to translate the stallion and the shirtless man in the picture into something sexual.

Mitchell is right on this precise point, though: as a classical music fan, I find its use in classical venues to be an outrage.

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Different strokes. I understand.

 

Have you read that article in the same issue about the hurricane damage on Staten Island? It's really very good. There are character sketches in there that are mildly reminiscent of the ones Mitchell used to do. Be sure you read through until you get to the part about the Staten Island zookeeper who in his spare time builds stone sculptures on the shoreline. He's been doing it for more than 20 years. Wonderful stuff.

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Beat me to it, Daisy. I was going to say that if there's ever a better piece on that (in English, at least), I'll be surprised.

There may never be a comparable piece in Russian. Given the methods Mssrs Putin and Medvedev use to deal with journalists who displease them.

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