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Computers Don’t Laugh

A few days ago, whether through algorithmic calculation or sheer coincidence, the website academia.edu invited me to comment on a paper called “The Last Defence of Human Language: Speech Community”.  I hemmed and hawed...

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Marcella! A Review of Amarcord

This one is a memoir, rather than a cookbook.  It’s full of detailed information: places, times,  details about food and preparation and teaching and publishing — and marriage.  There’s a particularly memorable contrast between...

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Field Green: Book Review

It must be a memoir.  A reader —  or a fact-checker — could challenge any number of things, especially names, including the name of the author.  But there can be no doubt about the...

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Re-reading the Picture of Dorian Gray

I’ve never really been attracted to the horror genre. The story invariably seems too contrived to be plausible. I need the horror to be real. The Picture of Dorian Gray is definitely a horror...