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The Play’s the Thing…

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
…wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king. Shakespeare in the Park is doing Julius Caesar this summer, not Hamlet, but the reference is an apt one nonetheless. Somebody’s conscience (or self-love, or…

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It’s Dr. Doyle’s Question and Answer Time!

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Q. Are you really a Doctor? A. Yes. I got my Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, back in the Dark Ages 1981. My primary field was Old English, and my…

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Summertime, and the Living Is Sneezy….

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
We’re now well into the time of hot, oppressive days and high pollen counts.  The cats, instead of sitting like little furry meatloafs with tails and paws neatly tucked in, are stretched out…

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More Sound Advice From a Bygone Day

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Way back in 1890, the Scottish poet, novelist, and literary critic Andrew Lang (best known in later years for his fairy-tale collections) gave a lecture at the South Kensington Museum, in aid of…

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Sometimes the Transmission Gets a Bit Fuzzy

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
As a tool for getting ideas out of one person’s head and into another’s, language (whether spoken or written) is a poor substitute for telepathy . . . but it’s the only tool…

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Photographic Evidence

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Or, Robert Frost gets it right again. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…. Tree roots and the freeze-thaw cycle, to be specific. The freeze-thaw cycle is also responsible for frost heaves,…

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First Impressions and Timing Issues

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
It matters a lot, sometimes, what age you are when you first read a particular book.  Most of the time, though, the bit that matters isn’t whether or not you’re old enough for…

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A Source of Amusement and Some Good Advice

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
I first encountered Wolcott Gibbs’s “Theory and Practice of Editing New Yorker Articles” in James Thurber’s The Years With Ross, Thurber’s memoir of the early days of the New Yorker magazine. In many…

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I Haven’t Vanished From the Internet

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
I did, however, sprain my wrist a while back, which put a crimp in my keyboarding for a while there. By way of apology, have a recipe, with bonus family anecdote: Jake’s Mother’s…

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Tales from the Before Time: Finding Fandom

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
The internet, as usual, has changed everything. These days, any young sf/fantasy reader or watcher with access to a computer can connect with other likeminded souls in a matter of minutes, if not…

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