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2012 in review

A Preface: I would like to thank those occasional readers who took the time to check back every now and then since November 28th.  I would like to thank my global readers, as well; it’s been gratifying to feel like I really have been reaching a world beyond myself with these occasional posts.  2012 was a good year for feeling inspired, although the end-of-year hiatus might suggest otherwise.  I swear I’ve been doing exciting work.  This year, la-la-language will back with a more manageable posting schedule in the works and a few other tricks up its sleeves, as well.  Details to come, but in the meantime, a look back…

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


good. night.


How about a writerly, postmodern ghost story for Halloween?

Kind of.

It’s my latest contribution to CASE Magazine.

my neighborhood after sandy

Yesterday, Hurricane Sandy paid a visit to New York City and blasted through midtown and downtown in true tourist style.  She stopped by my neighborhood, too – really just brushed by.  Today I went outside for the first time in over 24 hours to take some “after” pictures.  I share some of them here simply to say, “This is what happened in my neighborhood, and isn’t it strangely mundane.”  I have divided the photos into two categories: (1) broken stuff and (2) people doing stuff.

Today I stood in the middle of the FDR drive.

Today’s redundancy. Couldn’t help reblogging this, though. It’s so important for us to think about how we depend on imagery in our everyday language use (that ish ain’t just for Shakespeare, kidz).

The Daily Post

Last week, Cheri featured a Freshly Pressed blog and suggested that apt use of metaphor had contributed to the post’s appeal. So I thought I’d take a few minutes to consider metaphor and its figurative cousin simile in a little more detail.

Language is inherently metaphoric in a broad sense, as we use sounds and written symbols as substitutes for items and concepts that exist in the world. It’s little surprise, then, that we’re fond of making further figurative leaps and expressing some of these symbols in terms of others. But there are different ways of making these little leaps, and the two that’re perhaps the most well-known are metaphor and simile.

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