Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Neologist’s Notebook: 1

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Yesterday, in her speech endorsing the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin referred to our need to resist inserting ourselves military into all of the many “squirmishes” occurring around the world. Yesterday, on ESPN’s Around the Horn, Woody Paige referred to the controversy surrounding the fans’ election of a…

Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 15-16

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? Crumley, James.  The Last Good Kiss.  New York: Random House, 1978. Like the novelist Robert Stone, James Crumley has synthesized the conventions of the hardboiled tradition with elements of counterculture fiction.  In his mystery-detective novels, he has alternated between two Montana detectives, C. W. Sughrue and Milo Milodragovitch, though…

Lake Superior State University’s 41st Annual List of Banished Words

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So Conversation Problematic Stakeholder Price Point Secret Sauce Break the Internet Walk It Back Presser Manspreading Vape Giving me Life Physicality The list with illustrative quotations and some notes can be found at: http://www.lssu.edu/banished/

Most Read New Yorker Blog Posts of 2015

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? “The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders,” by George Packer (January 7th) “Unmournable Bodies,” by Teju Cole (January 9th) “I Switched to a Standing Desk, So Now You Should, Too,” by Tom O’Donnell (February 25th) “Did John Roberts Tip His Hand?” by Jeffrey Toobin (March 4th) “Scientists: Earth Endangered…

Most Read Pieces of the Year on The Economist’s Website

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1. Greater than the Sum of Its Parts October 3rd | Science and technology Over a century of interbreeding between America’s wild coyotes, wolves and dogs has created a new species: the coywolf. The genetic mix means the animal has the size and strength of a wolf and the social nature…

An Eye-Opening Fact That Seems More than Illustrative, Even Metaphoric

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This brief item appears at Phys.org: “American household Christmas lights, a favorite holiday tradition, use up more electricity than some poorer countries—such as El Salvador or Ethiopia—do in a year. “Bright lights strung on American trees, rooftops and lawns account for 6.63 billion kilowatt hours of electricity consumption every year, according to a recent…

InsideHook’s Second Annual Compilation of the Year-End Best-Of Lists from across the Web

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? 2015 in TV/Film The Best TV of 2015 The Year’s Best Movie Posters A Supercut of 200 Films Released This Year The Best Movie Deaths of the Year The Most Overpaid Actors of the Year 2015’s Least Essential TV The 14 Most Jaw-Dropping Fan Theories of 2015 ? 2015…