Author Archives: David Gorsline

Perking

From the coffee and birds file: Juan Medrano et al. at the University of California, Davis have published the genome of Coffea arabica.

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GO CAPS

TIL the New York Times does not have a rule in its style manual concerning capitalization of the titles of artistic works set in lower case by their creators. It does call for following American capitalization rules for the titles … Continue reading

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Spark decoded

“Guy’s account,” said Henry, “is substantially the same as the others, with the most interesting exception that he gets Tol calls from London at between six and seven in the evening when the cheap rate is on. In his opinion … Continue reading

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Leonard decoded

This one isn’t too obscure, but Leonard’s rendering of the company name is idiosyncratic: “You cut the wire,” Donnell said. “Is that all?” Chris brought out the Spyder-Co knife that was always in his right-hand coat pocket. “Here, you do … Continue reading

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Not looking good for the Arcade

Ted Rall offers one explanation for what happened (is happening) to Dayton, Ohio.

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Baby Screams Miracle

Woolly continues its admirable run of productions in which people of faith—specifically, Christian faith—are front and center, with their questions and fears driving the story. (I think of 2011’s A Bright New Boise as another fine example.) In Baby Screams … Continue reading

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Missing

Moreover, as anyone who’s ever owned a remote control can tell you, new technologies themselves are often infuriatingly unfindable, a problem made worse by the trend toward ever smaller gadgets. It is difficult to lose an Apple IIe, easier to … Continue reading

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Great Backyard Bird Count 2017

I got started earlier in the day, and somewhat surprisingly, the list is shorter: only 17 species this year. Good weather (forties) for birding. Got the pair of RSHAs.

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Caroline, Or Change

Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s ambitious, admirable musical, with a story drawn from Kushner’s life, concerns an African-American maid (Nova Y. Payton, in the title role) and her relationships with the Jewish family that she works for in 1963 Louisiana. … Continue reading

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It’s a privilege to pee

Broadway houses scramble to add capacity, manage the lines for the ladies’ loo at intermission.

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For Leta: 5

I delivered a version of the following remarks at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, 4 February 2017. Leta and I were sweethearts for sixteen years. She liked to say that, in our relationship, she was Ernie and I was Bert. … Continue reading

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On deck: 17

Augmented by a stack of books from Leta’s library. She was holding out on me with the Alison Bechdel and Jane Smiley. I haven’t read Memento Mori since I borrowed it from Jim Gleason’s dad when I was in high … Continue reading

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Father forgive all of us

Coventry Cathedral keeps its doors open. We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, well-heeled or down-at-heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers…. We offer a special welcome to those … Continue reading

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For Leta: 4

The obituary that Charlie and I put together for Leta is online at the Post‘s paid site. The anonymous copy editor who mangled the paragraph breaks, misnamed a G&S opera, munged the Donaldson link, and otherwise added no value, rankles.

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For Leta: 3

CASH: I made it on the bevel. 1. There is more surface for the nails to grip. 2. There is twice the gripping-surface to each seam. 3. The water will have to seep into it on a slant. Water moves … Continue reading

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