Monthly Archives: September 2009

Book Note: Desperate Characters

Paula Fox’s Desperate Characters came highly recommended by a friend whose aesthetic discernment is wholly unassailable.  Other people of letters adore it, and, as a few reviewers note, they may enjoy being part of the small knot of worthies who … Continue reading

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Mrs. Malaprop and Madame Eggcorn

I suspect I check my blog stats a tad more compulsively than readership levels warrant.   Excitement turned to stomach-churning embarrassment when a comment from reader alerted me to a misspelling.  I mean, as The Orange Show illustrates: She commented on … Continue reading

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Do Your Kids a Favor – Learn to Say Penis

Without the blogs and comment sections in the Houston Chronicle, I would be dangerously deficient in vitamins A, O, and S.  A for astonishment, O for outrage, and S for a big ol’ sigh. Yet another blog post on the … Continue reading

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Photos Coming Soon

Not only has my reading slacked off, and so, then the book notes, but I’ve been woefully remiss at creating a true multimedia experience for all of you. Remedy for the reading slow-down?  I may call it quits on the … Continue reading

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Grammar Police: Who’s That “Lady?”

I like what Nancy Sims says about political fundraisers that segregate a candidate’s supporters by gender, and although I myself have been an offender, I would add age.  Young professionals for candidate X, men for candidate Y – it is … Continue reading

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I’ll Tell You What

If you have to pick a part of Houston to have your car break down in, other than your very own neighborhood, go with the East End.  I pulled into a gas station, popped the hood, and instantly had experts … Continue reading

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Farm-Raised, But Were They Grass-Fed?

Last night, at Hugo’s, the menu featured chapulines – grasshoppers.  I asked how they were prepared, and the waiter explained they were farm-raised grasshoppers, lightly sauteed with onion, served with guacamole and corn tortillas. Though we ordered something else, the … Continue reading

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