These are actual front-page headlines from the New York Times on Monday, January 1, 1900:
SNEAK THIEVES GET $3,200. (In Chicago, no less.) BRITON TO BECOME AMERICAN. (Vice Consul at Kansas City to Be Naturalized There.) ERRORS IN THE HEMP FIGURES. (Someone must have been smoking it.) YOUNG WOMEN’S POLICE HERO. (They arrived in Brooklyn […]
So the whole deal about reading faster is to learn to read a whole line at a time, not word by word. The reading courses I used to take (they never helped) started me out with these little narrow width lines, and you were basically supposed to read DOWN, line after line. And then theyd […]
You may recall my comment on Delta Airlines’ background music. (It was driving me nuts.) I don’t want to jinx it, but I think they may actually have changed it, finally. Ah, the power of the e-press. But not before it occasioned this “old joke” (new to me) from Dana Dlott:
Q: Why is […]
So this friend of mine deals in estate sales. Somebody dies, a bank happens to be the trustee, it calls in several estate liquidators to bid on the estate, and my friend is often one of them. He comes in to the bank and looks at the stuff — the jewelry, for example — or […]
There are a lot of things I could wish you for Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate). Indeed, I do wish you good health and peace, which I guess certainly top the list. But for the purposes of this column, I wish you two second-tier blessings: First, access to a speedy Internet connection of some […]
You may have read my recent exposition on green gummi bears. My basic thesis was that since almost no one likes the green ones, how come they make ’em?
From Russell Turpin: “My faith is shaken. You eat gummi bears? I thought only children under the age of twelve eat gummi bears. Especially ones […]
Several of you wrote last week to tell me I should not be writing about impeachment and/or to say I was dead wrong. Tomorrow, I return to Gummi Bears – but I want to mention two last things first:
Late in the debate, I heard that Benjamin Franklin had called impeachment “the alternative to assassination.” […]
Let me not dwell on what I imagine wound up being a tragedy in the House of Representatives this weekend and return to the other tragedy in my life.
My short sale.
So here is Amazon back in the 285 range as I write Friday afternoon (400 as you read Monday morning?) – up from […]
Depending on what happened yesterday, I am either immensely relieved or deeply saddened — or we’re at war. But I can’t keep writing about impeachment every day, and I write most of these comments a few days in advance (which is why I don’t yet know what happened yesterday), so I am going to make […]
I don’t know what’s going to happen with the impeachment vote, but I think it’s important we look at the bright side. Namely, that this nation cares, deeply, about honesty and the rule of law.
Some believe the president should be removed from office for dancing around narrow definitions and pretending “not to recall” […]
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