Ex Libris. Department of (BMcC[18-11-46-503]) typographical errors and textual misreadings

"An intelligent person's error beats a dolt['s] fact every day." (BMcC[18-11-46-503]; Marshall McLuhan is the message.)

I must make more typographical errors on the Internet than anybody else in the whole world. I was driving in my what? cat. No, obviously: car. And so it goes....

Ex Libris. Retractions


Stop here and go look at this picture: here. Click on the bee with the asterisk or the text which explains the asteriak, and you will come back here Click anywhere else in the picture, and you will caome back to the top of this page. I hadbeen trying to "win" the little game in the Ne York Times newspaper: See how many words you can make out of a given 7 different characters. Example: YOu can form the word "h-a-b-i-t-u-a-l" from the 7 letters in the center of the picture. As I played, I to=hought about the game. I decided th tone case where almos every word could be doubled by adding "i-n-g" seemed not worthy of claiming as a vistory. Ten I came across a case here I knew a word but had forgotten how to spell it. What ot do with this case? I decided to give the bee an asterisk and an explanation, and to write about it here, which involved some extra HTML coding work, too.

Often, instead of jus doing something, one can "make something more out of it"> Take it and do something your own with it. Then you are no tkjus being a consumer of consuer products but a [albeit very "small time"] creator yourself. I THINK it is ore satisfying to create than to consume.

Whatever you are doing, you can ask the question Professor Forsdale urged us to ask:

"Always ask: What is this [whetever it is] an instance of?" (Louis Forsdale)

Instead of just doing [whatever], THINK about what ou are doing in doing it: tease out the context. And even: what purpose can you make it serve that it wasn't intended for? Marcel Duchamp mos tfamously did this by exhi=bting a standard issue male urinal like you caold buy in your local plumbing supply store and sticking ita as is in a wor;d famous art exmibit, titled: "Fountain". He had mad ethe world "bigger"; nobody had ever thought of this before, had they? One way to keep from being easily bored? If you rae bored, study it. What led you to being bored? Write about it. Are you still so bored?

I THINK ther is a "gottcha" here: If you don't know anything, all you can write about is about not knowing anything, which is not nothing but not so much, is it? The more you have experienced, the ore you have read (and the more you hav ecreated), the "richer" the context you can bring to bear in studying a message's medium. Fundaentalist religious leaders and sexually repressive parents know his well:

Q: "How are you gonna keep 'em down on the farm, after theny've ee Paree [the city of light, Paris]?"

A: Don't let them know about Psaris even if their amily is living off French welfare inside the city limits.

I do not just make an inordinate number of typographical errors, I also look to see if I can "do anything with" them.

+2024.03.25 v160
 PreviousReturn to Table of contents
⇒ Go to PoemsNext


  1. "Cunt hasn't always been offensive. In the Middle Ages, cunt was simply a descriptive word and can be found in medical texts.... [The word cunt] only started to become offensive in the early modern periods when puritans started to stigmatise sexuality," Kate Lister adds. (Cosmopolitan website)
  2. Your Comment on Russia Pushes Long-Term Influence Operations Aimed at the U.S. and Europe
    The New York Times
    1:36 PM (15 minutes ago) [+2023.08.26]
    Your comment has been approved!
    Bradford McCormick | New York
    So The United States does not do the same thing in the opposite direction? Let us expose ALL attempted influence by EVERY country, friend or foe or other, on Americans. Let us also expose ALL attempted influence by the American government on people in EVERY country, friend or foe or other – and also our own people. Let us have total transparency. To borrow a phrase from the German philosopher Jurgen Habermas: Influence only by the unforced force of the better argument. That means, among other things, no patriotic propaganda discouraging people from questioning their government's policies even in war. Let us firmly commit to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth ---citing a motto of The New York Times newspaper: "without fear or favor". To borrow a line from Sy Syms, sometime owner of discount clothing chain here in U.S.A. let us unstintingly embrace the principle: "An educated consumer is our best customer."
    3 Recommend

    Aug 26, 2023, 1:36 PM (2 days ago)
    Your comment is approved!
    The New York Times
    Aug 26, 2023, 1:36 PM (2 days ago)
    Your comment has been approved!
    Bradford McCormick | New York
    @Casual Observer Persons need liberal eduation. Not what a lot of schooling is: advanced job training, i.e.: know-how, not know why. But that is a "two edged sword": Seeing through enemy ripaganda may also lead to seeing through one's own government's propaganda, and, of course, also advertising. One needs to apprecite how persons who disagree with oneself see things, including enemies in war. And but for the grace of God (or Fortune) we would be on their other side and, yes also, them on ours. "A liberal is a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel." (Robert Frost, cited by Barak Obama)
    2 Recommend
Where deleted stuff goes....

This page has been validated as HTML 5.