Monthly Archives: October 2016

Take that, foreign phony

In a recent debate between Republican and Democratic candidates for a senate seat from Illinois, neither candidate was a fan of Donald Trump. Tammy Duckworth, the challenger, is a Democrat. Incumbent Mark Kirk, a Republican, is not completely stupid. He … Continue reading

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breaking character

Sebastian Stan. Bucky Barnes. ACTING!

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Hey, VOYA, here’s an apology master class!

You recall the recent bananas attack-poodle non-apology strategy employed by the children’s literature journal VOYA, after the publication ran a review that many critics, authors, readers and librarians found offensive? (Catch up here.) Well, today on Twitter, author and unofficial SorryWatch Senior Children’s … Continue reading

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The poet who stole breakfast

Poet Jane Hirshfield suggested we do an apology analysis of William Carlos Williams‘s short poem “This Is Just To Say.” We were honored and delighted by the idea. We hadn’t done it before, because the poem’s still under copyright, so … Continue reading

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A disgusting mouth

I was contentedly composing a post about poetry and plums. Suddenly Twitter exploded and there was slime flying everywhere. A tape from 2005 had just been released by The Washington Post. In it, radio/TV host Billy Bush was buttering up … Continue reading

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A deep cleansing breath and a good apology

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) formally apologized for decades of harassment of female members. The apology was accompanied by a $100-million (approximately $75 million American) settlement, ending two class-action lawsuits against the force. And it is a very good apology. 

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Sorry if you were offended, mockable Chinese people

Making fun of people who do not speak English! Plinky plinky music! Kara-TAY! “Do they call Chinese food in China just food?” Nunchucks! Chinese herbs for “performance”! OH HO HO HO HO HO HA HA HA that’s not racist (or hack-y) at all. Oh … Continue reading

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