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The Language Attic: Troglodyte

by Brenda W. Clough  I am a child of my generation, and so when you say ‘trog’ I think of mop-topped young men with guitars crooning minor Top-40 hits like “Wild Thing” and “Love is All Around.” But the 1960s … Continue reading

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The Exception: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough Stephen Sondheim famously complained in “Putting It Together” that the audience doesn’t want to be socked with novelty. It wants what it already knows. And since we all know this, the artist is always trying to … Continue reading

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The Language Attic: Propinquity

by Brenda W. Clough ‘Propinquity’ is one of the first words I recall reading in which I could see myself inferring the meaning from the surrounding text. I first ran into it in Rumer Godden’s delightful novel In This House … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough My son and I agree that the super hero movie is now become formulaic. You need your origin narrative. Your superhero debut. Your major conflict, ideally involving saving the world. It’s as rigid a formula as … Continue reading

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The Language Attic

by Brenda W. Clough Our language is a treasure house. Some of its glories are well-used and well-polished, taken out and set on the table every day. But up in the attic we’ve got some thrilling long-lost terms. This is … Continue reading

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SFWA Nebula Conference 2017

by Brenda W. Clough Every year the Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America holds a Nebula Conference. This is not only to hand out the organization’s annual awards, but is both a social and a professional occasion. We have a … Continue reading

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Ragtime: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Many theaters are simply boxes — an empty space into which a show can be poured. But some theaters have so much history, they call for certain sorts of production. A good example would be the … Continue reading

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Boeing Boeing: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  The farce is one of the most ancient forms of drama. I am certain that Plato sat in the amphitheater in Athens and watched slamming doors and actors chasing each other around the stage socking each … Continue reading

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Our View From Here: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough One of the most superb features of living in the Washington DC area is the museums. The Smithsonian Institution is one of the great centers of learning of our time, and admission is free! It’s always … Continue reading

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Company: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This is one of the major pillars of the modern musical theater. It won six Tony awards in its day and though it’s getting on for fifty years old, it’s still able to speak to us. … Continue reading

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