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My back pages

[Booklover’s Guide to the Internet] – C-SPAN Video Library.

Fending off psychos and paranoid cranks in the Village while I explain the internet, 1996.  The apex of my chubby and inarticulate period.  My very first public appearance and I was petrified.  Fortunately, they paid me 25 cents every time I said “Uh” or “Um.”


p.s.  “Words, Wit and Wisdom,” mentioned at the start of the video, was the title of this column when my parents wrote it. I didn’t change the name to “The Word Detective” until 1997.

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