Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Exquisite. Cloud Atlas.

Jury is still out on similarities, either in the experience of reading it or in other ways.  Which is not to say I'm not enjoying The Exquisite.  Indeed I am.  I'm not sure where it is all going, but I've seen enough to know I'll follow it through to the end.

My Google searches have come up with nothing.  I don't think there is anything out there.  Anyone?  Seen anything?  Some sort of comparison?  I'll be duly embarrassed if it turns up somewhere simple, like Powell's.  (OK, not there, just checked.)

Thursday, September 7, 2006


Many years back, when I was working in a middle school, I had gotten hooked up with this standardized testing service that needed to employ people like me over the summer to grade stacks of tests from Massachusetts, apparently the standardized testing capital of the country.  I wish I could remember the rubric they wanted us to apply; it would make for a great post here.  It was alternately a great job - reading all day, comfy chairs, and so on - and a soul-crushing experience (these were high schoolers writing essays, not Charles D'Ambrosio). 

One thing I do remember is that every time I found a phrase that had somehow gone through a meat grinder and come out the other end as something poetic and very amusing, I would write it down.  I still have the lists of odd phrases somewhere at home.  "When the chickens come home to roast" is cited at an article in the New Scientist; apparently, they're called Eggcorns and there's an entire site devoted to them.  Linguistics dudes and gals, feast upon it!  (via) (here's the RSS feed, if you just want to go straight to delivered linguistic goodness)