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Written By: Robin Lakoff on July 22, 2009 4 Comments

Recently I have encountered several analyses of Sarah Palin’s speeches as “found” poetry. One example comes from a wonderful piece by John Lundberg in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-lundberg/sarah-palin-the-anti-poet_b_237935.html):

Look at how she turns a simple statement into a mind-numbing puzzle (this is from Hart Seely’s terrific collection of found poems taken from actual Sarah Palin […]

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Written By: daveski on July 19, 2009 2 Comments

It’s funny how translation can bring to light meanings in familiar words that you never knew were there. The last few days, I’ve been working on a document in Japanese—or, I guess “document” might be too formal a term. It’s an advertisement for a thermal blanket with different layers that are supposed to retain the […]

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Written By: Adam Mendelson on July 14, 2009 4 Comments

This summer I’ve spent a substantial portion of my time in and around Barcelona, Spain, visiting in-laws and friends. For those of you unfamiliar with the history of Spain, like many European countries, it was unified somewhat artificially and is home to a variety of fairly different cultures and […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on July 12, 2009 No Comment
Awful Library Books

Here’s a “niche blog” that contains a list of books “so old, obsolete, awful or just plain stupid that we are horrified that people might be actually checking these items out and depending on the information.” It’s a laugh riot…though with a sobering message. Check it out!

My favorite:

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on July 9, 2009 4 Comments
“A” “Fabulous” “blog”

Absolutely hilarious, and fast gaining popularity: “the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks.” My favorite sign:

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