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Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does a bunch of other stuff.

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  1. Avatar Boegiboe says:

    I loved the “bobbed-tail chicken on a watermelon rind”!Report

  2. Avatar LWA says:

    I often read things from the 19th century and am amazed at how well written the people were, how beautifully crafted their use of the language was.
    Were they all so adept at expressing themselves, or are we only left with the exemplary ones?

    Given that this was a simple autograph book, not a published work, I am tempted to think that use of the language as a medium that needed effort and conscious construction, was a common understanding among even those who were not in the intellectual elite.

    Does out use of language compare? I don’t think so. I think we view language as an empty vehicle of meaning, undeserving of deliberate and conscious construction. Does anyone compose thoughts, editing and orchestrating the sentences and paragraphs in a way that has beauty in and of itself? Do we communicate better as a result?Report