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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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(and how it sometimes lets me down...) Gopnik is likeable, and not a Gladwell, but he needs to be persuaded that he doesn't understand--and therefore can't readily elucidate--just anything.

 

This article about language and translation is just a battle to read.

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