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Wednesday, 18 February 2004

Last dress rehearsal before an invited preview audience tomorrow. I finally made sense of Larkin's near-throwaway line, "Out of print," concerning Sidney Poitier's autobiography. We're playing the sequence as asides (as Guare writes, "(To us.)"), so I realized that the line can mean, "If you're inclined to look for his book at the bookstore tomorrow, don't bother."

posted: 11:43:38 PM  

Lots of good vocabulary builders in Ben Yagoda's article:

I didn't mind looking up "minatory" in the dictionary. That book contains some good adjectives whose meaning more familiar ones simply can't get at. Simple words are fine for broad brushstrokes but often not adequate for the intricacies and nuances of human relationships, characteristics, and situations. Writers who are interested in exploring those nuances will, as Virgil Thomson, the composer and music critic put it, "look to the adjectives."

(Thanks to Arts & Letters Daily.)

posted: 8:12:00 AM  

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