Friday, July 02, 2010

nice close reading of Barney Miller, "Quarantine, Pts. 1 & 2"

There’s scarcely an episode of Barney Miller’s first three
seasons that doesn’t include multiple jokes about bathrooms and coffee. Still, those jokes are pretty smart. At one point, Nick brings hot coffee to the feverish Dupree because he’d read “on the back of a jar of coffee” that hot drinks cool people down. Later, Darryl instantly improves the station’s coffee when he scrubs all the mold and mildew off
the squad-room’s cups. (“I thought it was a pattern,” Nick mumbles.) And there are quirky touches to “Quarantine” too, as when Nick loans
Luger the toothbrush he uses to clean his typewriter. (“My breath smells like ink,” Luger complains. “Want to lick some stamps?” Nick replies.)

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Happy Canada day!

Most think G20 police actions justified, poll finds
The Angus Reid poll, which surveyed 1,003 Canadians and 503 Torontonians, found that 73 per cent of Torontonians and two-thirds of Canadians believe police treatment of protesters was justified during the G20 summit.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BibliOdyssey: 1870s Caricatures

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71[W]
Paris Commune of 1871

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

lots of serious powered vehicles (amongst much else) at Roy Arden's blog...

Gilbert Highet's wonderful book on the Latin poets Poets in a Landscape has been reprinted...(tho the old Pelican is easy to find)

“I have endeavored to recall some of the greatest Roman poets by describing the places where they lived, recreating their characters and evoking the essence of their work.”