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L Phillip Lucas
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I'm really pleased to have taken part in Superlinguo's great 'Linguistics jobs' interview series. I talked about linguistics, my work, and issues around careers and studying the arts and humanities.
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Over a year ago now Til and I spent a few days exploring the small Italian town of Positano, the same place John Steinbeck wrote about sixty years before us change. What's changed and what's remained the same about this idyllic little tourist destination?
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I tried to write a review of +Kate Liston-Mills' The Waterfowl Are Drunk! , but I accidentally ended up with an essay:

‘In The Waterfowl Are Drunk! Kate is a veritable +Nigella Lawson  of letters, unable to resist tiptoeing down to the fridge after midnight to indulge in one more simile, one more metaphor. And what delicacies she has crafted in this smorgasbord, what moments of descriptive brilliance, masterful details and turns of phrase slipped expertly into the narrative: Lottie picking up the phone ‘gently like a hot cup of tea’, Michael Swaney’s parents with their ‘vegetable-scraps-in-the-plughole-of-a-marriage’, a body ‘fancified’ by bruises and scratches, natal blood ‘soaking into the sugar’, all complemented by and contrasted against an enviable command of authentic, spirited dialogue: ‘‘That’s gotta be the best birth in ‘istory Haze –’ says Hazel’s neighbour, ‘rainwater on the skin, sugar-taste everywhere. Gotta be the most perfect girl I ever seen!’’’ 
 
http://lukewarmmanifesto.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/kateliston-millsthewaterfowlaredrunk.html
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A while back I sent an email to the pub with a request, and last night I was in the interesting position of having a staff member there bitch to me about it, not knowing I was the sender. Pretty hilarious.
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'Then came my moment. 'Now, is anybody going to make their way to—' began Evans, before I sprung up from my position like a Jack in the Box.
'Hello!' said Mitchell jovially, before assigning me seven years good luck for being his first questioner and offering me some of his (nearly entirely in tact) block of Cadbury's vegemite chocolate.
'That's actually kind of relevant to my question', I began ...'
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Me getting stuck on a stairlift; a penis-based tipping system; hirsute trees in our bedroom; Yulia Tymoshenko; a stranger's affectionate baby; Germans arguing; international drinking songs; stumbling drunks and strong beer; stereotypical efficiency; Dude, Where's My Car?; lederhosen and dirndls; gargantuan pretzels; McDonald's; the return of my luggage; and The Simpsons and Seinfeld references aplenty in my latest blog post about our time in Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest!
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