A one-minute audio linguistics lesson: how New Orleanians pronounce “Chartres.”

Lazy Sunday: The Hero Is a Piece of Yarn


Dear Kay, This is a stretch, I know. But I’m going to ask you to watch a trailer for a brand-new XBox video game. I keep watching it, because it’s just so beautiful. The hero is a piece of yarn. The thing is, it’s likely to make you laugh or cry or both, and it may give you hope for humanity that a bunch of people in northern Sweden would take the time to create a video game that has, at its core, one subject: love. Here...

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Rule, Knitlandia


Dear Ann, Last night I went to the rare book room at Strand Bookstore, a New York institution, to celebrate a knitting institution. A very cute institution. That’s her, gesticulating, way up in front of a full house. Yes, it was  Ms. Clara Parkes, reading from her brand-new book, Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World.  It being February, everybody was dressed to the nines, i.e., wearing up to nine handknits. (Beautiful woman in...

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Lazy Sunday: Hamilton All Day Long

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Dear Kay, I humbly present a very special Lazy Sunday. I have had a thing for Alexander Hamilton since at least 2004. (See “Boo Freakin’ Hoo.”) You and I even paid a visit to the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Service Plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike. Remember this? 2006! Well, last week in New York, all my Hamiltonian dreams came true when we saw the musical Hamilton. In Broadway’s knockout hip-hopera, the Founding...

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Snippets: Snowbound Edition

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Dear Kay, Dipping into the Mason-Dixon Knitting mailbag because there are treasures to share, news from all over, tidbits and knickknacks for what is a snowy, snowy day for some of us. Blanket of the Year (So Far) We are just going to wear you down until you decide to give Instagram a try. This, for example. Terhi Montonen’s blanket. Kay writes, “Terhi’s wedding gift to her sister and her husband took my breath away....

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David Bowie


Dear Ann: I traveled home today thinking about David Bowie, feeling so sad that he’s gone. I did not get to London in 2013 for the David Bowie is exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum, but I winced every time I saw someone with the tote bag. I vividly recall Belinda telling me about seeing the yellow suit that he had worn in Rolling Stone magazine. It was so slim, she said A year or two earlier, at the V & A’s British...

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Lazy Sunday: Confessions of a Band Groupie


Dear Kay, I was a groupie for a band exactly once. I wasn’t very good at whatever it is that groupies typically do—you know, the low-rent behavior, the screaming—because it wasn’t really that sort of band. I think we went to Shoney’s once and overdid on Hot Fudge Cake. Beyond that, it was pretty mild stuff. The band was The Young Nashvillians, and it was 1982. When I look at this footage of the band rehearsing in my...

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