Author Archives: martinkich

Wordplay III: Politics Edition

Source: Wordplay III: Politics Edition

Poems for the 4th of July

Source: Poems for the 4th of July

Father’s Day Poems

Source: Father’s Day Poems

Lake Superior State U’s Annual List of “Banished” Words

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
? LSSU’s 42nd annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness” includes the following: You, Sir Focus Bête Noire Town Hall Meeting Post-Truth Guesstimate 831 Historic Manicured Echo Chamber On Fleek Bigly Ghost Dadbod Listicle “Get your dandruff up . . . ”…

Statistics of the Day

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? If the World Were 100 People: ? Gender 50 would be female 50 would be male ? Age 26 would be 0-14 66 would be 15-64 8 would be 65 and older ? Geography 60 would be from Asia 15 would be from Africa 11 would be from Europe…

Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 29-30

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? Leonard, Elmore.  Get Shorty.  New York: Delacorte, 1990. Almost single-handedly, Elmore Leonard brought the genre of crime fiction to renewed prominence. Although the sub-genre stretches back to James M. Cain and was enriched by Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson, it was eclipsed by the proliferation in the categories of…

The Thin Line between an Absurd Episode and an Awful Accident

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
? Thoracic surgeon Henry Heimlich died on Saturday, December 17, at age 96. In 1962, Heimlich “developed the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve which was credited with saving many soldiers’ lives in the Vietnam War and is still used for patients undergoing chest surgery.” But most people would not be able…