November 21, 2002

I am a murder

I am a murder.

I am black;

I am many,

Like the refractions of a park at night.

I am swift;

I am still.

I have a gleam in my eye;

I have an eye for theft.

I take wing behind your back,

But I never kill.

November 15, 2002

--Google, what is the difference between a kebab, a shwarma and a doner? --Did you mean: what is the difference between a kebab, a shawarma and a doner? -- <blush> Of course. --The doner kebab ... consists of minced lamb combined with a selection of herbs and spices, which is then pressed hard into the distinctive conical shape using a specially constructed broiler; a lamb shawarma [is] made up of chunks like the chicken variant, [which is] made of small chunks of meat which are pushed together onto the spit.

November 13, 2002

Deleted from Long Day's essay

When a narrative describes a fictional situation, we can extend the constructions of the text beyond the text by considering how corresponding characters and situations could turn out in real life. If we stay within the rules that the narrative establishes, we can answer some questions about the author's intention that he/she did not explicitly express in the text itself. In the case of Long Day's Journey into Night, one of these unanswered questions is whether or not Edmund is going to die.