Katexic Clippings

  • April 23, 2017 |k| clippings: 2017-04-23 — sins of emission

    The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, vi...

  • April 03, 2017 |k| clippings: 2017-04-02 — precision + incision = concision

    April is National Poetry Month . I don’t have a big project this year…but Notabilia will be all short poems and bits about poetry all month!

  • January 15, 2017 |k| clippings: 2017-01-15 — burnin' boilin' love

    As Peter Allen said in his song, “everything old is new again.” And so it is with the return of *Katexic Clippings* in 2017 and today’s WORK, apropos for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and...

  • November 20, 2016 |k| clippings: 2016-11-20 — incurable beings

    “There was one of those sunsets beginning — the kind we’ve been having for months. Buildings and telephone poles were punched black against a watercolour sky into which fresh colour kept washing...

  • November 06, 2016 |k| clippings: 2016-11-06 — scrum-diddly-umptious

    The full *Katexic Clippings* newsletter will resume next Sunday, assuming I’ve seen the last of this fever by then (though I do enjoy the strange dreams borne of my boiling brain). Until then, a tru...

  • October 30, 2016 |k| clippings: 2016-10-30 — words, mere words

    Thanks to all who sent best wishes and shared *Katexic* last week! Today’s WORD comes at the request of *Reader C.*, who asked if I would share more “figures of speech, literary devices, and rheto...

  • October 23, 2016 |k| clippings: 2016-10-23 — and many more?

    It’s time for our annual pledge drive—just kidding! But it is my birthday (seriously), so if you want to give me a gift—and you’re still subscribed on purpose—I’d be grateful if you’d sh...

  • October 09, 2016 |k| clippings: 2016-10-09 — chains, chickens and chairs

    Sir, —Stephen Halliwell is right to defend his use of the “standard” translation “wide-arsed” for an adjective in Aristophanes. This rendering is vivid and faithful to the Greek compound wor...

  • August 22, 2016 |k| clippings: 2016-08-21 — turn the word around

    Certainly the most destructive vice, if you like, that a person can have—more than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins—is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emot...

  • August 14, 2016 |k| clippings: 2016-08-14 — sane in the brain

    *Reader M.* has a question for all of you: “What’s bothered me for 15 years is one reads a book, loves it and then goes to reread it and the magic is gone. There is no word in the English Language...