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November 7, 2003
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Consider the smiling face you see here, that of the Ancient Seattle Mariner, Edgar Martinez. Though now long in the tooth, Edgar's signed a new contract with the club and will return in 2004 to smack singles, doubles, triples, and homers again. Not since Birthday-Baseball Triple Play have I had such cause for greater celebration.
Consider also my student who modeled Monday the sage advice Father Walter Ong gave me back in '84: "For every good page written, there should ten thousand read." Though I try to reduce that ratio, my student's "Fictional Books Wrote a Non-Fictional Bookworm" suggests we should perhaps keep it just that high:
Like Martinez this kid knows already the real secret of the pros, or is that of prose? All I could say was: "Now get on with your next piece."
Finally consider my extraordinary luck Wednesday: after getting my mail here, I found myself reading, on returning to my office, not some kid's 101 essay but "Committee Assignments for 2003-2004." On reaching my neighbor's door I found myself saying:
She smiled and, returning then to the novel I'd suggested two weeks ago — David Lodge's comedy, Nice Work — happily said she was nearing the place wittily featuring the very stylish American professor, Dr. Morris Zapp.
Although but distantly related, I am — don't you think? — perhaps partially feeling the power.Permalink
Dr. Huldah prescribes a dose of humility and a good swift kick for our friend Styles.
Marooned here in ETS/SAT-land, Styles, I've just spent several pleasant minutes exploring your site (the first time I've done so, if you will kindly forgive the admission and the oversight). The inner technological workings — the pretty, helpful things that happen in ways I have no vocabulary for — are simply elegant. Thanks for a lovely, eloquent, literate site.
When time permits, do let us see what Styles can do with a favorite piece of art or sculpture. The golden Diana in the inner courtyard at the Met, perhaps? — ever the huntress, ever beautiful, yet armed and dangerous?
Seeing her, we understand why Venus lost her arms.
I'm cheered and chided, and rightly so. Edgar's on-base percentage comes at the hard expense of outs and strikeouts, as does my student's point at the expense of his sometimes arch tones. Thanks for your kind reminders.
As for Diana, she's also well displayed some blocks north (as I discovered with my wife in the summer of 2000) at the museum of the National Academy of Design. Do try to visit there. It's the Archer Huntington mansion on Fifth Avenue. Diana's perched in the central stairway rotunda — ever beautiful, ever armed — and, as at the Met, still quite charmingly "dangerous."
Thanks for the recommendation and the link.
"Ch(arm)ed, I'm sure."
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