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Paragon? Pass the bucket!


I would love to have read Ambrose Bierce’s take on the word ‘paragon’, as I have a shrewd suspicion that he would have damned with faint praise that which we are wont to laud above all virtues. 101 more words

Black Humour

to have bats in one’s belfry


THE GREATER HORSESHOE BAT, which inhabits belfries, derelict building and caves. It has powerful teeth for crunching the tough shells of beetles, and a wing-span of up to 14 ins.

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Entry 665: Let a :-) Be Your (—‚

I just don’t understand 21st Century communications.

I don’t get why people LOL at their own remarks. First, they’re never that funny. Second, it’s poor comedic form to laugh at your own joke. 756 more words


Politics-Prejudice (Ambrose Bierce)

From Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary. 

Originally published in 1906; the image is from The Peter Pauper Press’s 1958 illustrated edition, with art by Joseph Low


Cryptoquote Spoiler - 05/26/17

“Spring beckons!  All things to the call respond; the trees are leafing and cashiers abscond.”   —   Ambrose Bierce

(I guess I just don’t get all 19th Century humor!   14 more words


'Tales of soldiers and civilians, and other stories' by Ambrose Bierce

I knew nothing about Ambrose Bierce when I plucked this book off the library shelf. I’m always intrigued when I see a title that I’ve not heard of before in a ‘classics’ series. 743 more words

Book Reviews

“There, conspicuous in the light of the conflagration, lay the dead body of a woman—the white face turned upward, the hands thrown out and clutched full of grass, the clothing deranged, the long dark hair in tangles and full of clotted blood. 96 more words