Browsing Archive: April, 2015

Talk To The Hand (If That's Your Thing)...

Posted by M. H. Tardiff on Friday, April 24, 2015,
"So, what are we gonna talk about today?" he said.

I shifted in my seat and tugged at the bottom of my sport-coat.

"I thought maybe we'd discuss the importance of good dialogue."

He snorted: "What would be the point of that? Everyone knows good dialogue is like good breeding: It doesn't draw attention to itself by proclaiming how clever and edgy it is."

"Well, maybe everyone doesn't know it."

"You can't be serious. Other that the grammatical mechanics like specific punctuation and the like, ...
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Salman Rushdie and the Temple of Dumb

Posted by M. H. Tardiff on Tuesday, April 14, 2015,
I read recently that Salman Rushdie, the British author of note, has opened a Goodreads.com account. This would not normally be news, except the fact that in his zeal for all things internet-y, Mr. Rushdie swiftly wielded the mighty Goodreads Sword of Justice (TM) and gave To Kill a Mockingbird only three out of five stars. The day following his literary faux-pas, he committed a public mea-culpa which boiled down to: "I'm sorry. I was just screwing around with this new toy and did something I...
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A Riddle Inside a Mystery Wrapped Up In Bacon...Mmmm...Bacon...

Posted by M. H. Tardiff on Thursday, April 2, 2015,
Nothing profound today. Just some random ramblings of a diseased mind.

1. Amadeus is one of my favorite movies. I think it's because all of the actors are speaking in their native accents and there is little or no attempt by the director to affect contrivance on anyone's speech or behavior. This is off-putting to some people, but I think it makes everyone seem more ordinary in their roles, as if they don't know they are in a 20th century costume drama. That lack of contrivance is something I a...
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