vocab, courtesy of Bram Stoker

carbuncle, n. 1. a. A large precious stone of a red or fiery colour: in early use of unsettled identity, as a ruby, garnet, spinel, etc.; (also) a mythical gem said to give out light in the dark (now hist.). In later use: esp. a garnet en cabochon, or of a boss form, often hollowed out to allow the colour of the stone to be seen. b. fig. A person or thing resembling a carbuncle in colour, brilliance, or precious quality. Obs. c. The substance of which a carbuncle consists; (fig.) resplendent matter. 2. Heraldry. A carbuncle borne in a…

vocab, courtesy of Bram Stoker

carbuncle, n. 1. a. A large precious stone of a red or fiery colour: in early use of unsettled identity, as a ruby, garnet, spinel, etc.; (also) a mythical gem said to give out light in the dark (now hist.). In later use: esp. a garnet en cabochon, or of a boss form, often hollowed out to allow the colour of the stone to be seen. b. fig. A person or thing resembling a carbuncle in colour, brilliance, or precious quality. Obs. c. The substance of which a carbuncle consists; (fig.) resplendent matter. 2. Heraldry. A carbuncle borne in a…

vocab, courtesy of Lowry

tabid, adj1. Path. Affected with tabes; wasted by disease; consumptive; marcid. Also fig.2. Corrupted, decomposed. Obs.3. Causing consumption, wasting, or decline. floriferous, adjProducing flowers thaumaturgy, nThe working of wonders; miracle-working; magic.plangent, adj1. Loud and resonant; reverberating; (also) that thrills or affects the emotions; mournful, plaintive-sounding.2. spec. Of a wave, surf, etc.: making a beating, roaring, or crashing sound. Chiefly poet. Now rare.neuritic, adjOf or relating to a neurite or neurites; good for the nerves rubicund, adj1. Of things: Inclined to redness; tending towards a red colour; red. Obs.2. Of the face, etc.: Reddish, flushed, highly coloured, esp. as the result…

vocab, courtesy of Lowry

tabid, adj1. Path. Affected with tabes; wasted by disease; consumptive; marcid. Also fig.2. Corrupted, decomposed. Obs.3. Causing consumption, wasting, or decline. floriferous, adjProducing flowers thaumaturgy, nThe working of wonders; miracle-working; magic.plangent, adj1. Loud and resonant; reverberating; (also) that thrills or affects the emotions; mournful, plaintive-sounding.2. spec. Of a wave, surf, etc.: making a beating, roaring, or crashing sound. Chiefly poet. Now rare.neuritic, adjOf or relating to a neurite or neurites; good for the nerves rubicund, adj1. Of things: Inclined to redness; tending towards a red colour; red. Obs.2. Of the face, etc.: Reddish, flushed, highly coloured, esp. as the result…

vocab, courtesy of Poe

tarn, n. A small mountain lake, having no significant tributaries. (Originally local northern English, now generally used by geologists and geographers.) catalepsy, n.1. Med. A disease characterized by a seizure or trance, lasting for hours or days, with suspension of sensation and consciousness.2. Philos. Comprehension, apprehension. miasma, n.1. Noxious vapour rising from putrescent organic matter, marshland, etc., which pollutes the atmosphere; a cloud of such vapour. Also in extended use.

vocab, courtesy of Poe

tarn, n. A small mountain lake, having no significant tributaries. (Originally local northern English, now generally used by geologists and geographers.) catalepsy, n.1. Med. A disease characterized by a seizure or trance, lasting for hours or days, with suspension of sensation and consciousness.2. Philos. Comprehension, apprehension. miasma, n.1. Noxious vapour rising from putrescent organic matter, marshland, etc., which pollutes the atmosphere; a cloud of such vapour. Also in extended use.

To Do

Sigh. / Excitement. Finals are over…. Time to make new To Do lists. Here’s a good one: Books I need to read, in order of publication date. 1840s – Tales, Edgar Allen Poe (reread) — Done1847 – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte1847 – Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte1847 – Vanity Fair, William Thackeray1874 – Middlemarch, George Eliot1881 – The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James1890 – The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde — Done1891 – Tess of D’Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy1895 – The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane1897 – Dracula, Bram Stoker — Done1900 – Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreisser1902 – The…

To Do

Sigh. / Excitement. Finals are over…. Time to make new To Do lists. Here’s a good one: Books I need to read, in order of publication date. 1840s – Tales, Edgar Allen Poe (reread) — Done1847 – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte1847 – Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte1847 – Vanity Fair, William Thackeray1874 – Middlemarch, George Eliot1881 – The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James1890 – The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde — Done1891 – Tess of D’Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy1895 – The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane1897 – Dracula, Bram Stoker — Done1900 – Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreisser1902 – The…

My first marathon

Well, this has absolutely nothing to do with anything else on this blog, or with what I intend for there to be on this blog, BUT: I don’t want to keep this file on my impoverished hard drive, SO. Here’s me, crossing the finish line in my first marathon, on my 22nd birthday, in the fall of my senior year at Dartmouth, October 4th, 2009. For the self-hatred archives. //www.youtube.com/get_player

My first marathon

Well, this has absolutely nothing to do with anything else on this blog, or with what I intend for there to be on this blog, BUT: I don’t want to keep this file on my impoverished hard drive, SO. Here’s me, crossing the finish line in my first marathon, on my 22nd birthday, in the fall of my senior year at Dartmouth, October 4th, 2009. For the self-hatred archives. http://www.youtube.com/get_player

vocab

autochthonic; autochthonous; a. adj. Native to the soil, aboriginal, indigenous. apostasy, n.1. Abandonment or renunciation of one’s religious faith or moral allegiance. sodality, n. 1. Association or confederation with others; brotherhood, companionship, fellowship.

vocab

autochthonic; autochthonous; a. adj. Native to the soil, aboriginal, indigenous. apostasy, n.1. Abandonment or renunciation of one’s religious faith or moral allegiance. sodality, n. 1. Association or confederation with others; brotherhood, companionship, fellowship.

The Scarlett Letter

Last night I finished reading The Scarlett Letter for the first time since high school. Is better than I remember. There aren’t really entire passages I want to quote, just these spectacular turns of phrase: …having given my best years to feed the the hungry dream of knowledge……whether tenderness or terror……the hall re-echoes, and the armour rang with it —…that the destinies of nations should be revealed, in these awful hieroglyphics…since that first moment, it has all been a dark necessity.…What was it? The complaint of a human heart, sorrow-laden, perchance guilty, telling its secret, whether of guilt or sorrow,…

The Scarlett Letter

Last night I finished reading The Scarlett Letter for the first time since high school. Is better than I remember. There aren’t really entire passages I want to quote, just these spectacular turns of phrase: …having given my best years to feed the the hungry dream of knowledge……whether tenderness or terror……the hall re-echoes, and the armour rang with it —…that the destinies of nations should be revealed, in these awful hieroglyphics…since that first moment, it has all been a dark necessity.…What was it? The complaint of a human heart, sorrow-laden, perchance guilty, telling its secret, whether of guilt or sorrow,…

Vocab (courtesy of Nathanial Hawthorne)

emolument, n. 1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment; dues; reward, remuneration, salary. sere, adj. 1. a. Dry, withered. Now poet. or rhetorical. sedulous, adj. 1. Of persons or agents: Diligent, active, constant in application to the matter in hand; assiduous, persistent. deleterious, adj. Hurtful or injurious to life or health; noxious. nugatory, adj. 1. Trifling, negligible; of no intrinsic value or importance; worthless. misanthropy, n. Hatred of mankind; the character, nature, or condition of a misanthrope. catarrh, n.The profuse discharge from nose and eyes which generally accompanies a cold, and which was formerly supposed to run…

Vocab (courtesy of Nathanial Hawthorne)

emolument, n. 1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment; dues; reward, remuneration, salary. sere, adj. 1. a. Dry, withered. Now poet. or rhetorical. sedulous, adj. 1. Of persons or agents: Diligent, active, constant in application to the matter in hand; assiduous, persistent. deleterious, adj. Hurtful or injurious to life or health; noxious. nugatory, adj. 1. Trifling, negligible; of no intrinsic value or importance; worthless. misanthropy, n. Hatred of mankind; the character, nature, or condition of a misanthrope. catarrh, n.The profuse discharge from nose and eyes which generally accompanies a cold, and which was formerly supposed to run…

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Re-read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn last night and finished it today, basking in the premature Spring sunlight. I loved this book easily two or three times as much, this time around — not saying much, I guess, since the last time was high school, but nevertheless. Huck breaks me. This passage, for example: Sometimes we’d have that whole river all to ourselves for the longest time. Yonder was the banks and the islands, across the water; and maybe a spark — which was a candle in a cabin window — and sometimes on the water you could see a…

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Re-read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn last night and finished it today, basking in the premature Spring sunlight. I loved this book easily two or three times as much, this time around — not saying much, I guess, since the last time was high school, but nevertheless. Huck breaks me. This passage, for example: Sometimes we’d have that whole river all to ourselves for the longest time. Yonder was the banks and the islands, across the water; and maybe a spark — which was a candle in a cabin window — and sometimes on the water you could see a…

The Awakening

Yesterday I reread The Awakening for the first time since high school. It was a slightly surreal experience — I wasn’t reading my same copy of the book, but I still stumbled across sentences I remember loving, with vivid memories attached. I remember which passages struck me as important, then, and which I used in writing our god-blessed Five Paragraph Essays, etc. Anyway, I do love this novella, especially a few passages which I’ll be glad to have at hand from here on out. “Why?” asked her companion. “Why do you love him when you ought not to?” Edna, with…

The Awakening

Yesterday I reread The Awakening for the first time since high school. It was a slightly surreal experience — I wasn’t reading my same copy of the book, but I still stumbled across sentences I remember loving, with vivid memories attached. I remember which passages struck me as important, then, and which I used in writing our god-blessed Five Paragraph Essays, etc. Anyway, I do love this novella, especially a few passages which I’ll be glad to have at hand from here on out. “Why?” asked her companion. “Why do you love him when you ought not to?” Edna, with…