Blazing hot Saturday morning in the granite mountains. I’m sitting at my writing desk slurping up a raw carrot smoothie and feeling relieved that I haven’t ever had much to do with fizzy and sugary carbonated drinks (each single can of Coca-Cola has nine spoonfuls of sugar in it). Streaming online this morning are thousands of PDF tributes to Aaron Swartz, free copies of research work uploaded to the Internet by researchers all around the globe. I’m not even going to begin to try and figure out the ethical aspects of this, what it might mean for copyright-protected academic peer journals, or for the freedom of knowledge and benefits for Third World scholars excluded by academic paywalls, or what might happen as regards plagiarism. It just seems to me, as I sit here slurping up blended carrot, celery and orange juice, that the world I live in is changing faster than the speed of light.
Hambe kahle Aaron, as we say here to someone we will miss and who died far too young and unnecessarily, goodbye and travel well .
Housemate, rushing through the house on her way to another patient: What calm and well-behaved dogs we have! Not a peep out of them. Good dogs!
Mary: They’re not good dogs, they’re just asleep.
But of course they are good dogs, loved and cared for, indulged and petted and trained to do just enough to get their own way on most occasions.
To the Quarry and Back
by Katia Kapovich
Useful word for which there is no English equivalent found somewhere on a gone-viral site of the expanding web universe:
The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can’t quite remember.
I’ve forgotten her name, the visitor. Lucille? Lorraine? Lucie Mae? This afternoon, a Great Dane breeder is coming on a visit to admire the big dog. I hope he gets up off his rug long enough to say hello — well, he will because he is a very friendly and sociable dog, often wildly excited to see his admirers approaching the gate shouting his name. Such a joyful dog. Alice Ostriker puts it so exactly: