Fourscore and Seven Years Ago…

Yesterday was the 140th anniversary of Lincoln’s famous address. There is only one known photograph of President Lincoln at Gettysburg (here’s the detail view if you’re having a hard time spotting him). The Library of Congress website explains that the image sat for more than half a century in the National Archives before anyone recognized President Lincoln in it. —Fourscore and Seven Years Ago… (Metafilter) I have a special fondness for…

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I Was Stalked on Amazon.com

Their one-star bombs were nasty and relentless?landing at a rate of five a day. My characters were undeveloped, my structure sloppy, my prose trite. There were complaints of money and time wasted and of friends never again to be trusted. Some hated the book so much they were forced to put it down. One argued that Christopher was, in fact, “too dull to hate.” And each review was headlined in…

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Phone Pranks and Gender on Campus

Phone Pranks and Gender on CampusLiteracy Weblog) I’m at my desk, working late. The phone rings. An unfamiliar female voice says, “What’s your favorite scary movie?” I tell her I don’t have one. “That’s a very nice blue shirt you are wearing,” the voice continues. “It goes well with your red tie.” I look out my window, but the buildings I can see from here are all dark. It’s a…