Episode 92: A Visit from Mr. Gradgrind (From the Archives)

This week we literally go back to the archives to replay our podcast on one of Paul’s most popular creations, “Mr. Gradgrind’s Literal Answers to Rhetorical Questions.”

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beginningOfTime

Links:
This week’s calendar entry is “beginning of time.”
Mr. Gradgrind’s Literal Answers to Rhetorical Questions

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Episode 91: When Is a Rose Not a Rose? (From the Archives)

It’s Rose Festival time here in Portland, the City of Roses. In fact, 110 years ago, June 20–22, 1907, the first Rose Festival was held. Back then it was called the “Rose Carnival and Fiesta,” but we all know a Rose Festival by any other name would smell as sweet. Let’s mark the occasion by rebroadcasting Paul’s lecture, “When Is a Rose Not a Rose?”

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parallel-symbol

Links:
This week’s calendar entry is “parallel/symbol.”
There Is No Rose of Such Virtue
Mediaeval Song, by James J. Wilhelm
David Camden’s translation of Florus
Thomas Parnell’s translation of “The Vigil of Venus”
Fragonard’s The Sacrifice of the Rose
Sting’s interpretation of “Come away, come, sweet love”
John McCormack: “Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes”

 

Episode 90: Steam (From the Archives)

You see a lot of stories about various things losing steam or picking it up. This week we rebroadcast Episode 11, in which Paul discussed his interest in that phenomenon and other aspects of the word “steam.”

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ancestor-descendant

Links:
“Ancestor/Descendant” entry featured in the calendar this week
We Haven’t Run Out of Steam Yet,” by Paul Brians
Photographs Bainbridge Island from the Virginia V steamer, by Paul Brians
The City of Lost Children
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (graphic novel)
Le Voyage Extraordinaire, Tome 1 (on Amazon UK)
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel