Fragments

An attempt to preserve some things that would otherwise be lost.

Unhappy far-off things

:: stories, doomed

It is the Abomination of Desolation, not seen by prophecy far off in some fabulous future, nor remembered from terrible ages by the aid of papyrus and stone, but fallen on our own century, on the homes of folk like ourselves: common things that we knew are become the relics of bygone days. It is our own time that has ended in blood and broken bricks.

Grammar nazis and actual nazis

:: language, politics

In the old, more innocent days of the internet – the days when people naïvely assumed that nazis were figures from a dark past, fading slowly into history – people who were very pedantic about prescriptive rules of grammar were often called ‘grammar nazis’. We did not think, then, that grammar nazis might be unconsciously encouraging actual nazis. But I think they were, and are.