Archive for September, 2020

Parallelism, metaphor, chiasmus

September 25, 2020

On the slogan in my posting yesterday “Come a long way, long way still to go” (A), a chiastic formula conveying:

Things have improved, but still we’re far from the goal (and there are constant threats to take back the gains)

(A) is a poetically compressed version of (B):

We have come a long way, but we have a long way still to go

(which presents two metaphorical idioms in parallel, with their contrast between the opposed motion verbs come and go).

So there’s a lot of linguistic interest here.


Come a long way, long way still to go

September 24, 2020

Things have improved, but still we’re far from the goal (and there are constant threats to take back the gains). The hymn for this time begins:

Lift ev’ry voice and sing
‘Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
… Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on ’til victory is won


The multipurpose elephant

September 24, 2020

In the 9/28 New Yorker, this Danny Shanahan cartoon:

(#1) “And this is Dyson.”

The cartoon is incomprehensible if you don’t know that Dyson is the name of a brand of vacuum cleaners (which come with a variety of attachments, as does the elephant above).


The unbearable lightness of food and drink

September 24, 2020

One more eccentric vein of modern still lifes, on the Production Paradise site: from the Spotlight Nov. 2018 magazine: “Piotr Gregorcyk Photography – Food & Drink Photography & Motion”: still photographs of food and drink floating, disassembled, in zero gravity. Frozen moments captured from floating motion in time and space.


Vase of Flowers with Donuts

September 24, 2020

… in the style of Jan Brueghel / Breughel the Elder. Another wonderful digital still life composed by Stephanie Shih:

(#1) On Facebook yesterday from Stephanie: “Continuing on the still life obsession, I did a collab with a friend’s donut shop. Inspiration: Brueghel the Elder … Donuts: DK’s Donuts & Bakery and Mayly Tao; styling/production assist Andi Terada”

Stephanie continued:

On a related note, there are nearly 50 donuts in the house. We just made a croissant-donut kimchi grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. Please send help.

Donut madness!


Feeling more one-headed

September 23, 2020

The Zippy from 1/30/20, which I’ve been saving for the appropriate occasion, which has now materialized, as a follow-up to a note in my posting earlier today “Great progress, grave threat”:

Zippy’s crucial observation, in the first panel:

Sometimes, the two-headed dog makes me feel more one-headed!

Roughly, if you are far from (what counts as) normal, then someone who is further out than you are can make you feel almost normal.


Great progress, grave threat

September 23, 2020

Two recent items about great progress in the acceptance of lgbt people in my country, with an alarm bell in the second about grave threats to us. First, a posting about a piece in Out magazine. Second, a comment on the Queer Linguist(ic)s Network (QLN) on Facebook.



September 22, 2020

From the Vox site “Latina, Latino, or LatinX? Here’s how the term came about: The gender-neutral term that’s supposed to be for everyone, well, isn’t” by Terry Blas on 10/23/19

The occasion for this posting is a net conference yesterday on latinx — referring to an orthographic form; also to its various pronunciations by speakers of Spanish; and especially to its choice as an racial/ethnic/cultural (self-)descriptor.


Still life grotesques

September 22, 2020

Thanks to my posting about a Stephanie Shih still life (on 9/13/20 in “Mid-autumn memento mori for the times”), Pinterest has been providing me with links to other modern still lifes (one posted about on 9/15/20 in “Modern still lifes: Darren Jones”). It turns out that there’s an incredibly rich vein of work along these lines, only a bit of which I can sample here. Today, it’s photographer Tara Sellios and her still life grotesques, in the tradition of Western vanitas paintings: reminders that in life, we are in death.


The Kentucky lawyer

September 21, 2020

Adding to the roster of accomplished Zwickys (thanks to Google Alerts): Louisville lawyer Anna C. Zwicky.

From the website of the firm she works for:

Anna C. Zwicky is an associate attorney at Blackburn Domene & Burchett [in Louisville KY].  Her main practice focus has been the defense of long-term care providers in medical malpractice matters. She also has experience with bankruptcy, financial regulations, copyright and general insurance defense. Anna has advocated for clients in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Her education: Georgia College & State University (in Millidgeville GA), B.A. in Political Science (minor in Economics), 2013;  University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law; J.D., 2016

(I note that she’s two generations (about 50 years) younger than me.)