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  • My struggle to overcome the CBBS (Compulsive Book-Buyer’s Syndrome)

    by Ray

    I have suffered for many years from this expensive, very time-consuming and rather frustrating affliction (the CBBS), whereby instead of just getting down to attacking the big pile of unread books that have been endlessly accumulating on my desk and bookshelves and floor space, I go out and buy (...)

  • Conversation in the Louvre

    by Ray

    Me: Look, there’s a statue of Julius Caesar!
    Him (an 8-year-old): Who’s he?
    Me: What do you mean, who’s he? Why, he’s the most famous general who ever lived!
    Him: Oh, now I remember - he’s the one who fought against Asterix!
    July 8, (...)

  • "I Love Awfully Bad Writing", by James Clarke (2005)

    by James Clark

    I Love Awfully Bad Writing
    I love awfully bad writing. Indeed I can say (with all due modesty) that I am quite good at it myself. This might explain why I am fascinated by the annual Bulwyer-Lytton Fiction Contest for the worst opening to a novel.
    Every year since 1984 San Jose State (...)

  • "A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling", by Mark Twain

    by Mark Twain

    An interesting contribution to the debate about spelling reform, from the author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
    A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling
    For example, in Year 1 that useless letter “c” would be dropped to be replased either by “k” or “s”, and likewise “x” would no longer (...)