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on the glories of English

        It is organic. It is unstructured and unregulated. It has developed naturally. It seems to a native speaker such as myself unequaled in its richness, by which I mean to say the variety of source languages … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “A Commentary on Nathaniel Philbrick’s Observations about ‘Moby-Dick'”

  I have been reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s Why Read Moby-Dick? (2011). Philbrick is a great admirer of Herman Melville. He states, in the first chapter, that he has read Melville’s novel Moby-Dick “at least a dozen times.” I read Moby-Dick … Continue reading

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