Know any? Abracadabra doesn’t work. I bet some of these word verification words are magic. It’s just to find out which ones work. There must be some.
I got a big Oxford History of English Literature book in the mail today. It looks like a high school history textbook (it has pictures!). I realized that I had a better understanding of the history of German lit than the history of English lit, just because I read this great history of German lit once, and that seemed wrong. Although if you only get bits and pieces of English lit from specialized classes then you do avoid internalizing a progress narrative. But you also avoid knowing what authors are writing at the same time and stuff. So I should read this book.