Portuguese Irregular Verbs consists of humorous episodes in which Smith – a former professor of medical law – makes some good points about the vanity of some (or many?) members of academic circles.

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Some of you will have received the January Magazine newsletter for some time. These days I got the last instalment, informing me that now January Magazine has become a blog. Well, what a pleasant surprise. What I can recommend it for are its numerous interviews with various authors, among them Margaret Atwood, J. K. Rowling and Salman Rushdie.

In addition, January Magazine now and then draws …

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On her intriguing blog “never enough homework”, Mrs. H. recently posted a find in the web magazine Slate where author Robert Pinsky undertakes the task of answering sundry questions that people have about poems (“Why don’t modern poems rhyme etc.”). In that same post, Mrs. H. hinted at having a couple of questions on short stories that nobody had ever answered before. Feeling encouraged by how Robert Pinsky went about his task of answering questions on poems, I boldly claimed …

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