Collins—Episode Two hundred one: It's Called a Break Because…?

Just a few things for 201— (um…not two THOUSAND one)…Judith Martin’s book “Common Courtesy” on Jefferson’s “problem” linked to in the widget below, How To Be Aliterate article, Road Trip 2011–This Time It’s East, and that’s about it.

Some extra info for 202, “Still Breaking”—This is a concertina, this is what they mean by “copy book
and some 411 on Chatterton (who is mentioned disparagingly).

That’s about it.

Book talk begins around 9 min for 201, almost immediately on 202.

Listen to 201 audio

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6 thoughts on “Collins—Episode Two hundred one: It's Called a Break Because…?

  1. Nancy McCarroll

    For your consideration re: an intro from your new Virginia home…

    “…from my eastern literary brick in your crafting pathway”

    Loved your British accent while listening today!
    Nancy

  2. Frances

    Not sure if it was this episode or the one before, but you spoke about the use of repetition for learning subject matter. This rang true for me. Two examples from college: I worked as an evening receptionist at a law firm in my freshman year. I busied myself by writing out sentences in French from my French textbook because I was bored as heck and this was in the years before laptop computers (heck! None of the lawyers had computers in their offices).

    I spent the next 3 years as an evening word processor for the same firm. I am a lawyer now. So much of what I know about good legal writing came from typing out the crap the younger lawyers wrote, and watching it evolve into the solid writing of the more experienced lawyers.

  3. Celeritas2

    I totally agree Heather that the conversation between the main characters about morality is the sort of discussion had in the middle of the night during College. However if any boy I was with expressed himself the way the Count or Sir Percival did, I would definitely dump them.

    Madame Fosco sounds like a battered wife or perhaps even a ‘submissive’; it really sounds like she’s been trained to talk like that in private. The gifting of the bon-bon seems like classic Skinner behavioural training like one does with rats; very disturbing.

  4. Bonnie

    Hi! I am the substitute teacher who sent in the aliteracy article. Oddly enough I mentioned bon-bons the other day in an eighth grade class and they didn’t know what that was. Hmmm, guess they are aliterate.

  5. Bonnie

    You were talking about copy books and I suddenly flashed back to my third grade class (around 1963, yeesssh!) and how we were supposed to copy a poem once a week in our journals (?) and memorize it by Friday. I am sure the teacher was about to retire, and I remember some of the poems. Just sippits,but hey, that was a long time ago.

  6. Tara Saha

    I’m working on catching up — I live in Virginia, and my suggestion for an intro would be something about the “old dominion”, since that is Virginia’s nickname. The phrase is fairly ubiquitous here, although I wasn’t familiar with it before I moved to the area.

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