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So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s short story Orache (1932): The lamplight, which on winter mornings seemed always of a dull tawny tint, shone on the rosined linoleum, on the shelves lining the walls, on the … Continue reading

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A few more shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from The Reunion, a short story from 1932 by Vladimir Nabokov: (VN) “I was living in Prague at the time,” said Lev. “I see,” said Serafim. Silence. They both watched the teapot, as … Continue reading

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Sharpening the little pocket knife to avoid embarrassment later on…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from the short story A Busy Man (1931) by Vladimir Nabokov: …there exist people endowed with principles, ideals – sick souls gravely affected by problems of faith and morality; they are not artists … Continue reading

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Some more of those Crush names…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from A confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole published in 1980: Ignatius to Patrolman Mancuso: This city (New Orleans) is famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug addicts, fetishists, … Continue reading

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This is not art. No. 20…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from the novel A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (published 1980): Patrolman Mancuso had put on the tights before the sergeant, who had pushed him out of the precinct and told … Continue reading

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Then suddenly you tread on his corn…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the plangent sound of the word ‘plangent’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Good god! What a nasty looking bunch!… This is the cover of a British 1960s pulp supernatural thriller, another tattered Badger Book … Continue reading

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When cool, add the musk…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: chawdron, chasuble, chassepot, chasmogamy, chausses, and bilimbi. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor turn … Continue reading

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