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Travels in the land of BIX

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Type’s cast

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Joyce and his mechanical muse

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Further thoughts on the medium as message

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The wherefores of how-to

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Tumult of the limbs

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Is it true the bourgeoisie had more fun?

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Poetize or bust

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Poetry isn’t what it used to be, but then it never was

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Eye of the beholder

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Photographers and seventeenth-century Dutch painters demonstrate the fine art of just looking

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Wisdom of the tribe

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Why proverbs are better than aphorisms

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It’s about three pages and 518 hairs

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Please welcome my next idea

Books — From the August 1982 issue

Classics by the pound

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The first four volumes in the Library of America are designed to sit on your bookshelf forever

Books — From the June 1982 issue

The word police

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Slugging it out with the language pundits

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Contempt causes insanity

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The guru of aesthetic realism

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From Lower Bellowvia

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Leopold Bloom with a Ph.D.

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Breaking the line

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The bard of Newark’s department stores

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Plato in Vermont

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The ideal tree, and how to count it

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A geographer of the imagination

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The astute eye of Guy Davenport

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