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Column One: A labor of love

posted: 08/31/2014 2:07 a.m. Comment 1

On this Labor Day weekend, like most Americans, I come to praise labor, not indulge in it. Has there ever been a people that speechified more about the joys and satisfactions of work and the work ethic, yet was so enamored of labor-saving devices?

Columnists: 50 ways to beat the heat

posted: 08/27/2014 2:10 a.m. Comment 1

Happily, this has been the summer that wasn't in Arkansas. Between the rains in July and the cool spells that came with it, followed by a some remarkably temperate weather in August--in August! in Arkansas!--it's been a surprising summer. Also refreshing, delightful, and generally a pleasure.

Column One: In the news

posted: 08/24/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

The indispensable In the News column on the front page continues to offer its daily mix of the amusing and appalling, sometimes in the same concise item, always just one (1) sentence in length. Which must take some inspired editing. The spice and variety of its offerings are a kind of dim sum for the mind. Every day. Consider this one tidbit, which the column served up without editorial comment:

Columnists: Two for one

posted: 08/20/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Lauren Bacall's death at 89 got front-page coverage complete with picture in last Wednesday's edition of the New York Times, and it deserved to. Like so many American images and voices in our vast celluloid memory bank, she may have been more familiar than famous--if the definition of fame has something to do with greatness rather than just exposure.

Column One: Down here on a visit

posted: 08/17/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

It was one of those faux Ye Old English Tea Shoppes serving tidbits as inauthentic as its spelling and typography, neither of which would have passed muster in Shakespeare's first folio. But any port in the downpour outside, and there wasn't a Chinese restaurant in sight, my usual island of serenity in a passing storm.

Columnists: The buddha in the TV room

posted: 08/13/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

It was just a snippet of conversation overheard in a crowded restaurant: " . . . and we put the buddha in the TV room." At that point I stopped eavesdropping, lost somewhere between contemplation and amusement, fascination and puzzlement. They all have a way of mixing on hearing some comment that, from the moment it's made, I know will remain stuck in the little gray cells, like a roadblock, stopping all other traffic.

Column one: Words in vogue

posted: 08/10/2014 2:03 a.m. Comment 1

The scholar H. W. Fowler described and diagnosed many a linguistic malady in his classic study, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, back in that very modern year 1926. The Roaring Twenties were a study in modernity, and 1926 marked a high point in every field of fashion.

COLUMNISTS: Waiting for dark

posted: 08/06/2014 4:10 a.m. Comments 2

"For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings." -- Richard II, Act III, Scene 2 We sit quietly, maybe a dozen of us, in the little synagogue a couple of blocks off the interstate here in Little Rock, and wait for night to fall--like Anne Frank and her family in the Secret Annex, not stirring during the day lest they attract attention, waiting for dark.

Column One: The mail

posted: 08/03/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Dear Unhappy with Me, It was wholly a pleasure to get your email raking me over from stem to stern. Thanks, I needed that. Your detailed message got my juices flowing and allowed you to let off steam.

Columnists: Gentlemen of the club

posted: 07/30/2014 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

There are certain rivals who may differ on the issues, and in style and background and even basic attitude, yet understand and respect one other. For they belong to the same club--the fraternity of the great.

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