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Songs That Influenced My Poetry

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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My first and last love are songs.

The Story of English and LOLcats

by Micah Towery Film and TV
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Now for a spin on the story of English from the internet age…LOLcats. In particular, the LOLcat Bible Translation Project. Many linguists depend upon the work of Bible translators deployed around the world in remote (to us, at least) regions of the world. I happen to know a man who worked as a Bible translator and created the only existing dictionary in the world for his regional dialect. Concerns about dictionaries (and their purpose) aside, the LOLcats Translation begs a question: is LOLcats a true pidgin English? It has a history, it has its own grammar and rules, and now it has its own Bible.

Herman Melville Drinks Your Milkshake

by Micah Towery Academia
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I was fortunate enough to have a American Literature professor who blew off the typical survey class BS and just gave us some of the best literature of the 19th century: Hawthorne, Dickinson, Melville, among others… In that class, I read┬áMoby-Dick for the first time. I believe I read most of it over the course […]