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The True Alchemists

In his collection of essays, A Temple of Texts, writer William Gass observed: “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” This is part of a complete episode.

Generic House of Worship

A television journalist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, wants a generic term for “house of worship” to use in place of the word church in news reports. Synagogue, temple, sanctuary, and mosque are all too specific. What’s a fitting...


yumptious  adj.— «The other chose, as usual, the “Sabayon Fielding”—a yumptious creation which the inventor was kind enough to name in our honor several years ago.» —“Next Time You’re In Belgium Try This Pint-Size...