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Topic: reckoning
Posted: Saturday, November 8, 2014 11:27:11 AM
So yes, a Wes Anderson movie, and hooray for that. At the moment, there are very few American filmmakers with the ability to articulate such an original, idiosyncratic vision and the means to express that vision so freely. There is a lot of integrity here and also a good deal of ambition. This is a movie concerned with — and influenced by — an especially rich and complicated slice of 20th-century European culture, and therefore a reckoning, characteristically playful but also fundamentally serious, with some very ugly history.

Bittersweet Chocolate on the Pillow
Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Is a Complex Caper
NYT Critics' Pick

What does reckoning mean here? Retribution? Assessment?
Topic: His critics, of which there are many...
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:21:10 PM
His critics, of which there are many, have called him (Rupert Murdoch) a vulgarian and a cynic who had degraded standards of journalism by pandering to a sensation-seeking public.

Rupert Murdoch Profile

"Of which" or "of whom"? It's about people, right? I don't want to question BBC's command of grammar, just want to know why which and not whom. Thank you.
Topic: J.R. Ewing dies
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 3:13:33 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry Hagman, whose predatory oil baron J.R. Ewing on television's long-running nighttime soap opera "Dallas" became a symbol for 1980s greed and coaxed forth a Texas-sized gusher of TV ratings, has died. He was 81.

I would like to know when is coax used with forth. And why was it used here?
Topic: The three ironies of irregular migration...
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:40:14 AM
The three ironies of irregular migration...

Can I use irony in plural like this?
Topic: Lalitha was parking her charms with a Jairam
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 1:58:00 PM
An interesting fact: Franzen sits on the panel that composes the American Heritage Dictionary. Which is this website's main English dictionary.
Topic: Reuters' slang?
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 4:40:28 PM
BERLIN, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's designated challenger in next year's federal election angrily rejected accusations on Tuesday that he sold out to bankers with lucrative speaking engagements and neglected his duties as a member of parliament by moonlighting.

Guys, do you think these verbs are too colloquial to find their way into a news story lead? The dictionary describes to sell out to as slang and to moonlight as informal. What do you think?

(The story in short: Steinbrueck admitted he had earned 1.25 million euros for 89 speeches since 2009. The extra income has stirred a sharp debate in Germany.)
Topic: Lalitha was parking her charms with a Jairam
Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 5:06:59 PM
The book is indeed full of quirky (some may say clumsy) phrases. Like "he turned on the TV, just for the blare of it." It's Franzen, tries too hard sometimes.
Topic: Lalitha was parking her charms with a Jairam
Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 3:21:42 PM
Her boyfriend, Jairam, was thick-bodied and somewhat ugly but arrogant and driven, a heart surgeon in training, and Lalitha was by no means the first attractive young woman whom Walter had seen parking her charms with a Jairam type in order to avoid being hit on everywhere she went.

Freedom, J. Franzen

I can easily infer what this expression means but why can't I find it on Google?. Is it a rare phrase, if a phrase at all?
Topic: In the way of such things
Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 1:34:57 PM
In the way of such things, each free site he happened upon was linked to an even raunchier and more compelling one.

Freedom, J. Franzen

What does in the way of mean here? The dictionary says it means like or related to, but it does not make much sense. Or does it?
Topic: Pitched battles
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:11:38 PM
Wherever there are gangs, there is also gang rivalry. Pitched battles in the streets between two of the largest, the Mongrel Mob and Black Power, have been a weekly occurrence in some areas. But there are signs now that some branches of these nationwide gangs are trying to reform from within.

New Zealand gangs: The Mongrel Mob and other urban outlaws

What is a pitched battle?