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Nicholson Baker once wrote an essay on the omnipresence, a century ago, of a word usage we never see anymore: lumber, used in reference to the contents of our minds. Lately, I have been interested in a phrase that was everywhere in the 19th century but has long since fallen out of use: after the […]more
In spring, as the saying goes, “a young man’s fancy lightly turns to love.” Who first penned that immortal mush, anyway? You well-read literary types probably know it was Alfred Lord Tennyson, in his poem “Locksley Hall,” and I suppose that was romantic of him, but the way I see it, when love becomes a […]more