Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
From the Chinese restaurant.
Crushed, stirred with sugar, tea,
Poured into plastic cups.
A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow. This is one of those articles whose comment section should not be overlooked. The response to the post is just as interesting as what was originally said, especially for those of us who are linguistic nerds.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman Did Not have Free Choice and Neither Do You. A long but excellent blog post about addiction, free will, mental health, and why some people can safely dabble with mind-altering substances while others get hooked on them in a very short period of time.
One glance at Harry Stamps’ obituary makes me wish I had known him in person:
He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.
Wild Fell is the best ghost story I’ve read in a very long time.
What I love about ghost stories is how tightly they cling to the past. Whether the deceased died 5 years ago or 200, who they were when they were alive and what happened to them still matters. The unfurling of their lives is as fascinating to me as it is to walk through a graveyard or comb through other people’s memoirs.
This particular book is made even more amazing by its prose. The descriptions are so detailed that I honestly felt as if I was walking alongside the characters as they meet their fates. This is a fantastic choice for anyone who has never read a ghost story before because the paranormal elements are so well balanced by the ordinary activities of daily life.
What have you been reading?