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On Beauty

Recently I went with a friend to hear Zadie Smith speak at Dartmouth. Smith is the author of wonderful contemporary novels, including On Beauty, which I read several years ago and loved. 373 more words

From Zadie Smith:

Each couple is its own vaudeville act.

– From “On Beauty”


A side-effect of teaching high school is the residual pop culture garbage stink that inevitably clings to you after grading papers and scraping gum off desks.

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On Beauty

From Zadie Smith:

This … is when we become truly human, fully ourselves, beautiful. To swim when your body is made for swimming. To kneel when you feel humble.

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Howards End, pg 44


This is a new thing. Or perhaps an old thing – back in the good old days I envisioned allthingswordy as some sort of “online reading journal”, and I’m here – three years later – to fulfil that vision. 629 more words


Riches of reminiscence

Every now and again, it becomes excessively necessary to clean out your computer of all that megabytal trash you have no need of. Such things as old essays, dozens of google desktop backgrounds, photos you took with your first digital camera, etc. 459 more words