Are we as dumb as we talk?

ROLLING FORK — Have you actually ever paid attention to the things you say and the things that are said to you every day?

Warning: Doing so can be more than a little disturbing to even the ordinary person, and downright traumatic should one be cursed with both lexophilia (being a lover of words) and lack of patience with plain, old-fashioned stupidity.

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Requiem for last of kind

ROLLING FORK — I don’t suppose it should be surprising that a man whose living room’s walls and bookshelves are adorned with artistic depictions of Don Quixote, is a man who would admire the life of John McCain. After all, any linkage of the two characters, one fictional, the other larger than real life, practically screams for the forcing of metaphors like a bad writing school.

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Tracking the political pendulum

Listen. Be still, and sense the beginnings of what may soon be evident to all.

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Friendship trumps partisanship

 

CLARKSDALE —The tone, nothing like what I had half feared and suspected, was set almost immediately.

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Delivering ourselves from evil

ROLLING FORK—It strikes me that we should just stop aiding and abetting. Indications are, after all, that quite enough of that’s gone on already.

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Just a few words about words

ROLLING FORK—Ask any good craftsman about the contents of his tool box and you will quite likely set him to talking, so today I feel inclined to talk about the contents of my tool box.
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A thought on forests and trees

ROLLING FORK — Are you gonna believe him, or your lyin’ eyes? And ears?

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The dilemma of the dying dumb

ROLLING FORK — Sometimes you might really be surprised by the kinds of things that cause consternation to newspaper folk.

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I’ve had some good years

COAHOMA—I think it was easier being a kid when I was one. Oh, there weren’t any hand-held computers we call cell phones or 200-plus-channel TV and “steaming” packages to entertain us, but neither were there any drugs or child predators or gangs or many other of the things which threaten kids today — at least not here, in the then wonderful little northern Coahoma County hamlet of my rearing.
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No more sympathy for the devil

ROLLING FORK—Toward the climax of Steven King’s underrated modern morality tale, “The Stand,” one of the protagonists says to minions of the literary demon incarnate, “Just so we understand each other: Randall Flagg is an apostate of hell, and you guys kiss his a- -.”

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