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Jabouble

Jabouble

Jabouble is not a real word. Jabouble is a big hot beautiful mess. Jabouble is the absence of an imminent solution. Jabouble means something has been here. Jabouble means something more is coming.

Confessions of a Lapsed Grammar Cop

Confessions of a Lapsed Grammar Cop

You know those people who, when faced with an offensive comment on the Internet, will point out its flaws in grammar and spelling rather than respond to the content? Yeah, I used to be one of those people. In my youth, I cherished my St. Martin’s Handbook as a Bible of all things grammar, and I […]

A Russian Conspiracy

A Russian Conspiracy

I get more and more convinced all the time that communication has less to do with vocabulary and grammar than it does with concentration and a sort of mutual conspiracy to understand. Exhibit A: When Łukasz came to this country in September, he didn’t even know the alphabet. Now he speaks Russian about as well […]

Where can I find a bar in this town?

Where can I find a bar in this town?

I’ve been trying to reproduce the ratatouille that I made a couple of weeks ago, as more veggies in my life would be good, and also re-heating ratatouille is super low-effort, which is pretty much my Number One criteria when it comes to dinner. But, despite finding an honest-to-god yam in the grocery store the […]

I’ve been doing some thinking lately.

I’ve been doing some thinking lately.

Now that I feel more-or-less-as-much-as-I’m-ever-going-to fully settled in, and now that I all of a sudden have two weeks of drastically reduced classroom hours while my students write their theses, I’ve been looking for new things to occupy my time. And what ever-present lover should call my name, but the library. I went back to the library […]