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Learning lost

I read Deirdre Fulton's recent article in the Phoenix about the impact of technology and "learner-centered" education on the college experience with a mixture of admiration, because I think she got most things correct, and dread, because I think she
Letters to the Portland Editor, September 10, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 10, 2010

Jakob Dylan | Women + Country

“Boring” is the sort of adjective used by music snobs (hi there!) to describe the Wallflowers, the band who brought Jakob Dylan’s hoarse and unexcitable voice into the mainstream.
Columbia (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 23, 2010

Tight but loose

I had never come across the adjective "jangular" until I visited the Glowkid website.
Jangly + angular = Glowkid
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 22, 2010
Sandbox Grammar Police:  Submitted by Colin

Sandbox Grammar Police: Submitted by Colin

This is our favorite game.  Here is the e-mail from Colin Bah Weep Guys,   &n...
By Fletcher  |  July 02, 2009

Out of the woodwork

Bernard Langlais's work has spawned a cottage industry of imitators who mostly serve just to prove how much better he was at it.
Langlais's legacy is more than just animals
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 11, 2008

Yet another path to enlightenment

The book is “meant for people who . . . like to have their consciousness of life’s big questions refreshed,” says Weinstein.
A grammatical spiritual journey
By KRISTINA WONG  |  April 30, 2008


Free speech

Twenty-six-year-old author (and Harvard grad) Elizabeth Little has had a lifelong love affair with language.
Elizabeth Little’s word games
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 31, 2007

How to speak Yiddish

In 1962, the American Jewish Congress released Invitation to Yiddish , a double-LP speak-along-with-the-record instructional course designed as a beginner’s introduction to Yiddish.
From the Talmud to  tukhes  and back  
By JOSH KUN  |  April 28, 2006

Review: Police, Adjective

By GERALD PEARY  |  January 01, 1900