When There's Too Much There

In the writing game, everybody has to have an...

kkilpatrick June 3, 2008

About a Commitment to Terroir

"His commitment to terroir," wrote Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post, "is deep and...

kkilpatrick May 19, 2008

Back To The Other Deadly Science

Some months ago The New York Times expressed an unusually astute editorial opinion.

kkilpatrick May 12, 2008

Defending the Doodad on the Lamb Chop

Old wives have a lot to answer for. Such as that opening sentence.

kkilpatrick April 22, 2008

New Form for an Old Plea

The gnomes at Merriam-Webster define "serendipity" as "the faculty or phenomenon of finding...

kkilpatrick April 11, 2008

Bobby Fischer's What?

Bobby Fischer, the Chicago-born chess master, died in Iceland three weeks ago. The New York Times informed...

kkilpatrick February 4, 2008

Putting on the Old Avoirdupois

"She's fat!" said Jiggs. "No," said Maggie, "she's only pleasingly...

kkilpatrick December 3, 2007

Unraveling a Raveled Sleeve

A hundred curious readers have written to ask the same probing question: Is a worn sleeve raveled or...

kkilpatrick November 26, 2007

Seems Like a Song You've Heard Before

A writer for The Washington Post was commenting on the famous Glass House of architect Philip Johnson:...

kkilpatrick November 19, 2007

Case of the Goofy Mascot

Here is a thought for today: Half the people in the world make mountains out of molehills. The other half...

kkilpatrick October 24, 2007

The Purging of Justice Thomas

Sixteen years after his agonizing confirmation to the Supreme Court, Thomas had to pull this festering...

kkilpatrick October 10, 2007


You could bet your egg money on this proposition -- that the case of Jenkins v. Commissioner  will never...

kkilpatrick August 1, 2007

Listening To What We Write

The Greeks had a word for it. They called it "onomatopoeia," and they pronounced it...

kkilpatrick July 30, 2007

Advancing to The Rear

Many of my readers know where I come from -- and where I've been -- on cases of school desegregation. My...

kkilpatrick July 11, 2007