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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Monday, January 7, 2013


I had a section with the title "Strayhorn's Lorca." Then I changed it to "Billy Strayhorn's Lorca." I guess I didn't trust my readers to know Strayhorn. Then, the next day, I realized that the first title had much better prosody, so I changed it back. Three trochees in a row sound awful, but two have a nice feel. Yes, it is hard work to be me. It takes me 24 hours a day.

1 comment:

profacero said...

OK look. I have the goods on the question of the hours. One of our endowed chairs has been arrested! For activities which are in fact neither academic nor para-academic nor correctly cultural. Activities which surely cannot be counted as part of the 100, or the 80, or even the 60 hours!!!