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Me back home again in Indiana


I thought I'd got away from South Bend long ago, but here I am in Mishawaka (South Bend's Twin CIty, as I 'm sure you know) serving the public thoughtfully and humbly.


Dec. 24th, 2015 11:47 pm (UTC)
a threadjack for all the right reasons
In her review of "Variety" by William Fitzgerald in the current issue of Harper's, Christine Smallwood discusses the word "desultory" and explains its original meaning. I remember you either wrote or spoke about your own relations with "desultory" some time ago, perhaps on this very livejournal. I remember adjusting my own apprehension of the word accordingly. I believe I had always thought it meant something akin to thoughtlessly, or without passion or commitment.

While reading Smallwood's explication I realized that the word I have been searching for to describe my own life all these years is "desultory." I live a desultory life. Better late to insight than never.
Dec. 25th, 2015 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: a threadjack for all the right reasons
Yes -- we had a discussion (it was years ago) about words that you somehow come to have a wrong meaning for, or a slightly sidewise meaning, as you did for "desultory" -- and I had the same one: unable to settle on anything, depressed, bored. Your memory's good!