Category Archives: Memorable Words and Descriptions

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Democratic Leaders and Tyrants: The Main Difference

Abraham Lincoln on Democratic Leadership  “Men moving only in an official circle are apt to become merely official, not to say arbitrary, in their ideas, and are apter and apter, with each passing day, to forget that they only hold … Continue reading

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Philip Roth on Donald Trump

A Frightening Truth The famed novelist Philip Roth died in May of this year at the age of 85. Not long before his death Roth wrote an email in which he described his fear of Donald Trump: “What is most … Continue reading

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A Poem Public Speakers Can Use: “The Chambered Nautilus”

Here are two stanzas from “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. I learned lines from this splendid poem in high school, in particular the phrase “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul.” And I’ve never forgotten its imagery … Continue reading

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Cruel But Hilarious Review

The NMS (New Musical Express) review of “Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush: The English singer has “a voice not unlike that of a newly neutered cat letting the world know of its predicament.”

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What Poetry Is And Does

Poetry will not be rushed, is multifaceted, can be plain or mysterious, looks beneath surfaces, ponders things grand and mundane, finds and expresses itself in rhythms and cadences, quickens the imagination, seeks to please the eye and the ear and … Continue reading

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Martin Amis on Donald Trump

Trump’s defining asset is “a crocodilian nose for inert or moribund prey…Trump can sense when an entity is no longer strong enough or lithe enough to escape predation.” NYRB: 9-27, 2018

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