Friday fluff: The forbidden tongue

Apparently, Randy Michaels, the CEO of Tribune Co. here in Chicago, has issued a list to the reporters on WGN, our local public radio station, containing words and phrases they must no longer speak on air. These are not dirty words, a la George Carlin, but words that sound like "newsspeak" (according to WGN news director Charlie … Continue reading Friday fluff: The forbidden tongue

Gobsmacked

According to the Vancouver Sun, there's a new way to torture yourself through dieting. Literally: The medical procedure involves stitching a small piece of polyethylene mesh onto a patient's tongue, making it painful to ingest solid foods and forcing a low-calorie, liquid diet. You pay a nice man named Dr Nikolas Chugay to spend 10 … Continue reading Gobsmacked

“but who can distinguish one human voice amid such choruses of desire”

America lost a great voice this weekend: the poet Lucille Clifton died. She was 73 years old. Clifton wrote wonderful, poignant, witty poems whose formal simplicity belies their emotional and political depth. She wrote of the realities of living in a large, black, female body in a racist, sexist culture; she survived cancer and wrote … Continue reading “but who can distinguish one human voice amid such choruses of desire”