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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...

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Gin Tonic

The gin tonic in Spain is a thing. In the US, it's just a 15-second drink, where the bartender will put some ice in a glass, pour some gin in, and top it off with tonic from the soda machine, and a wedge of lime. It's the drink you order when you can't think of anything else. At least that's what I do.

Here in Spain there are specialized gin-tonic bars. You choose your gin, the lime is rubbed around the edge of the glass, a fresh, individual bottle of tonic water is opened and poured down a special stick to aerate it, etc... Very elaborately ritualistic. The English phrase "gin tonic" is used.

I wish that were a metaphor for scholarly writing, but it just isn't. I guess what I am driving at is some things are a thing and some things are not. What makes a thing a thing is simply the frame around it.

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