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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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The New Yorker star struck? The rather short piece turned in by Knausgaard on the Breivik killings is an amazing string of cliches--"horrific deed"..."the shock in Norway was total." It's also quite unusual for a front of magazine piece to contain zero reporting.


He does himself no favors by citing "Eichmann in Jerusalem," which for all its pros and cons at least included first-hand reporting.

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DRUNK GIRL AT BAR: What's on your tee shirt?


ME: The Coathangers. They're a band.


DRUNK GIRL AT BAR: What do they sound like?


ME: Kinda like the Slits.



How old was this drunk girl at bar?

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I saw that, but was ashamed to note it.


It's nice to know there are others . . . .


Other compulsive-obsessives? The error probably derived from there being three women on the iconic album cover.

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