Yesterday, August 9th, was the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resigning the Presidency of the United States. And the New York Times had an appreciation of Frank O’Hara’s “Lunch Poems”, which was first published in 1964 and has now been reissued by City Lights. A startling juxtaposition of personalities: the awkward, often surly, and fiercely ambitious politician Nixon versus the charming and gregarious poet, with his great gift for friendship.
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An abstract for a talk by Erez Levon (Queen Mary, University of London) this coming Friday (1:30-3) at Stanford. I won’t be able to be there, but obviously the topic is of great interest to me.
Various 50th anniversaries have come up this year, and now we are impelled into the midst of the Christmas Shopping Season; today is Black Friday, with sales everywhere.
Today is a big event in San Francisco: from Wikipedia:
The Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held on the last Sunday in September and caps San Francisco’s “Leather Pride Week”. The Folsom Street Fair, sometimes simply referred to as “Folsom”, takes place on Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets, in San Francisco’s South of Market district.
The event started in 1984 and is California’s third largest single-day, outdoor spectator event and the world’s largest leather event and showcase for BDSM products and culture.
In the NYT Book Review on Sunday, a review by David W. Blight of Allen C. Guelzo’s Gettysburg: The Last Invasion — from which:
Spread over 15 square miles around a small Pennsylvania town on the first three days of July 1863, involving more than 160,000 soldiers and huge numbers of camp laborers, including between 10,000 and 30,000 slaves forced to serve the invading Southern army, the conflagration caused a degree of slaughter like no other in American history.
That is, 150 years ago this week.
Today is the third and last day of the IvanFest at Stanford (Structure and Evidence in Linguistics, a conference honoring Ivan Sag). A slideshow of Ivan photos goes by before the sessions begin and in breaks. My favorite:
This shows Gazdar, Klein, Pullum, and Sag, in alphabetical order from left to right, in (I think) 1984, while they were finishing the manuscript of:
Gerald Gazdar, Ewan Klein, Geoffrey Pullum & Ivan Sag, Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar. Basil Blackwell, 1985.
– looking for all the world (except for that computer) like a reasonably well-behaved rock group on an album cover.
April 28th-30th in Cordura Hall at Stanford: Structure and Evidence in Linguistics, a conference honoring Ivan Sag. Program here.
A few more details:
Sunday 4/28, 2:30-5:30: Elisabet Engdahl, Ted Gibson, Philip Hofmeister and Laura Staum Casasanto, Carl Pollard, Stefan Müller, Geoffrey Pullum
Monday 4/29, 2:00-5:40: Jorge Hankamer, Pauline Jacobson, Jong-Bok Kim and Peter Sells, Philip Miller, Jonathan Ginzburg, Joanna Nykiel, Roger Levy, Farrell Ackerman and Rob Malouf and John Moore
Tuesday 4/30, 2:00-5:40: Erhard Hinrichs and Tsuneko Nakazawa, Gosse Bouma, Frank Van Eynde, Lauri Karttunen and Annie Zaenen, Stephen Wechsler, Alex Lascarides, Gert Webelhuth, James Blevins
[Added 4/21, in answer to questions about the participants: The invited participants are from Ivan's collaborators and students -- a very large group of people. (Ivan's university colleagues who were not his collaborators or students, and his teachers who were not also collaborators, were not invited.) And preference was given to people from outside Stanford.]
In San Diego, going on right now at the San Diego Convention Center: this year’s Comic-Con International. From Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean (Da Capo Press, 2007), p. 64:
The blessing and the curse of comics as a medium is that there is such a thing as “comics culture.” The core audience of comics is really into them …
… Comic-Con International is where everybody goes – around a hundred thousand attendees paralyze the entire city of San Diego.
And the people who are really into comics have been into superhero comics (aimed at boys and young men), though “art comics” (especially graphic novels) have been gaining ground for some years now.