American Indian signs in Chestnut Hill: A situation that warrants discussion

Enemies of Reading, Opinion | July 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Matthew Duques, a professor and new resident of Chestnut Hill who identifies himself as a “social critic,” wrote to this newspaper recently with a concern. A “critique,” actually. He asks why American Indian tribe names are used to name “the tony backstreets that descend toward the peaceful haunts of Valley Green.” Taken […]

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The secret life of dictionaries

Enemies of Reading | April 25th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore When reading my Kindle and coming across a word I don’t know, I can highlight the word and make its definition appear. For example, in my current reading, Isaac Babel’s “The Red Cavalry,” the word “verst” appears often. I highlighted it and found: “verst: Russian measure of distance, equivalent to 3,500 feet, […]

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