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I have granted rollback rights to your account; the reason for this is that after a review of some of your contributions, I believe you can be trusted to use rollback correctly, and for its intended usage of reverting vandalism, and that you will not abuse it by reverting good-faith edits or to revert-war. For information on rollback, see Wikipedia:New admin school/Rollback and Wikipedia:Rollback feature. If you do not want rollback, just let me know, and I'll remove it. Good luck and thanks. Dabomb87 (talk) 21:35, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

Thank you. I won't abuse it. Macspaunday (talk) 23:26, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

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Notice of Noticeboard review.[edit]

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. MusicAngels (talk) 16:36, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

And it was swiftly settled: "Administrators' noticeboard".  - Macspaunday (talk) 17:13, 24 August 2015 (UTC)
Something is very odd with the pages created by MusicAngels. Every time I try to edit he/she removes what I've done or accuses me of vandalism. Do you know what is going on here? 19:33, 25 August 2015 (UTC)19:33, 25 August 2015 (UTC)19:33, 25 August 2015 (UTC)~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:147:102:B30:12E:1802:787F:2464 (talk)
I'm as puzzled as you are, I'm afraid! I'll be very interested in the outcome of all this. - Macspaunday (talk) 22:09, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

I have recommended that two articles created by User:MusicAngels be deleted: Poetry in the early 19th century and Poetry in the early 21st century He/she has created them unilaterally without debate. Please feel free to weigh in and maybe we can address it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.9.146.210 (talk) 11:25, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Now that I've been involved an administrator-level dispute started by User:MusicAngels, any action that I might take about those pages would look like revenge, so it's best if I stay out of this. Of course I agree that the pages created by User:MusicAngels have no value, but that's a matter for other people to decide. You may want to create an account for yourself so that admins and others can get in touch with you when needed. Thanks for making contact. - Macspaunday (talk) 14:40, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

October 2015[edit]

Information icon Hello, I'm Samtar. I noticed that you recently removed some content from User talk:SilkTork without explaining why. In the future, it would be helpful to others if you described your changes to Wikipedia with an accurate edit summary. If this was a mistake, don't worry; I have restored the removed content. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks. samtar (msg) 21:00, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

@Samtar - That was a mistake! I didn't know until I saw your alert that I had done it!! I'm using a phone and must have hit the wrong link by mistake. My apologies! I should know better than to use my phone for this. Thank you for reverting! - 21:11, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:NightMailCrewe.jpg[edit]

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No reason to keep it as far as I can see! - Macspaunday (talk) 17:43, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

W. H. Auden[edit]

Hi, many thanks for the work on Auden article to keep it at GA-Status. Wondered if you could look at reference 52 and give it some context with full details of the item. Personally I would get rid of the {{rp}} template and use either short footnoting or full citation. Keith D (talk) 10:48, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

Hi, and thank you for your work on the page to sort out details that I didn't know how to fix. Reference 52 got broken in that miniature edit-scuffle that broke out yesterday afternoon; thank you for catching it. I've now fixed it. To replace the {{rp}} template, I suppose the easiest thing would be a footnote something like, "Haffenden, W. H. Auden: The Critical Heritage, p. 123" - is that what you're suggesting? Or would "Haffenden, p. 123" be possible, since Haffenden is listed in the Sources? Sorry to respond with a question, and grateful for your help. - Macspaunday (talk) 12:05, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
I went ahead and replaced all those templates with brief footnotes, which certainly look better. Thanks again for the suggestion. - Macspaunday (talk) 12:57, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the change, certainly looks better that way. By the way you have pinged another user, they appear not to be active, but the space is significant. Keith D (talk) 17:33, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
@Keith D:This tells me not to try to edit before the second cup of coffee - and, to the other user whom I mistakenly pinged (I've removed the bad pings from the page, though it's probably too late) here are my apologies for wasting your time! Meanwhile, speaking now to the real Keith D, I certainly hope you'll continue to keep this page on your radar. Thank you again. - Macspaunday (talk) 17:41, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
Auden is on my watchlist, so I should spot changes to it. I hope the long quote does not reappear, I was about to comment when another user removed it. Keith D (talk) 17:49, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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You get an A for effort, but I'm afraid Eliot is still not high on my list. Your efforts are greatly appreciated though. Drmies (talk) 01:28, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
  • FYI, I only believe in WP:NOTSOCIALNETWORK if it suits me, as my chatty talk page should prove amply. :) Drmies (talk) 02:05, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
    • @Drmies: I may have violated that very policy on your talk page a few minutes ago, but every word was directly related to various edits on Wikipedia, so I'll try not to feel too guilty about it. - Macspaunday (talk) 02:22, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

Deletion of Poetry in the Early 21st Century?[edit]

How can it be that the problematic page Poetry in the early 21st century is back? It was endorsed for deletion not only for the copyright violations (about which I know nothing) but also, and more importantly, because it was created out of whole cloth by one biased editor (who has now been banned indefinitely) and has no value whatsoever, either as a compendium or a historical document. I am going to propose deletion again! User:Fuhghettaboutit User:Macspaunday, User:Drmies User:Poetic1920 12:30, 12 October 2015 (UTC) 128.90.39.158 (talk) 12:32, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

Interesting. Is it safe to weigh in? Thanx for getting rid of the Bloom in Auden (that sounds rather poetic, doesn't it!). I am far from an expert on 21st century poetry but the page is abominable. I don't want to be the first to go...Poetic1920 (talk) 21:41, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
It should be safe now. The author of the page has indeed been blocked indefinitely. But I shouldn't take any part in this, because the author got into a dispute with me earlier, and that means that any opinion I express now would automatically lack the presumption of impartiality. - Macspaunday (talk) 21:50, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

A quick note to User:Drmies[edit]

Hello @Drmies: - I see that you've powered off your phone and disconnected the wires to the doorbell, so I'm not intruding on your talk page. But I wanted to thank you for the recommendation of the Lais of Marie de France. I ordered the Penguin version; the Hackett edition is out of print, though easily available. It's also time I got around to Christine de Pizan, as friends have been telling me for years that I'm late to the party. I think you'll find Vanity Fair well worth the effort, especially during a break from online life. Actually it's no effort at all, as it goes down very easily. I have a feeling that you'll recognize some of the characters as still being active in Wikipedia. Anyway, when you rewire the doorbell or power up the phone, please let me know how you enjoy Thackeray - and thank you again for everything - Macspaunday (talk) 00:51, 24 October 2015 (UTC)

  • Sorry I missed your ping! Glad you enjoyed! Wait--Hackett is out of print?? That's bad news, maybe, for my students next semester. (Christine de Pizan is also on that syllabus; Norton publishes a collection of texts in their Critical Edition series.) Thanks for letting me know. The Penguin is good, nothing wrong with it--it's the Burgess/Busby translation, and it's fine and cheap; the Hackett has more material, including some other contemporary stories. Call me anytime: I don't have my voicemail activated, but my secretary will gladly take a message. Drmies (talk) 17:19, 19 November 2015 (UTC)

Vanity Fair[edit]

Got the Oxford World Classic, from my Romantic colleague who laughed at me. IT'S A THOUSAND PAGES!!! I'll check back in in a year or so. Drmies (talk) 17:16, 19 November 2015 (UTC)

  • Reading chapter 4. She's quite the ingenue, Miss Rebecca is. Good thing this isn't an American or French or Russian novel, or it would end terribly, as The Lady Catherine de Burgh can confirm. Drmies (talk) 17:13, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
  • Come on Macspaunday. I'm on p. 489, and does Th. really have to go all satire on poor Amelia? Tis unconscionable, I say.
    • Six pages later, I retract my words. If only Thackeray could leave Mrs. Mango out--I suspect he can't help himself, it's too much.
    • This Lord Steyne, he's really something. We should update the VF article here. Surely some scholar compared him to De Sade. Drmies (talk) 23:56, 23 December 2015 (UTC)
      • @Drmies: First, a fine Christmas to you and yours. I've been distracted this week by moving a family member into our home for the nest year or so, a very gratifying thing to do for many reasons, but time-consuming. (You probably know how much accumulated stuff family members can accumulate in their rooms). - About VF: Does that Oxford edition have Thackeray's illustrations? They're crucial to the story in some places, especially in one instance near the end, where the picture adds a detail to the prose. I'm deeply gratified that you're enjoying the book. I haven't read it since the last time I taught it, which was in a previous millennium. Students simply rebelled at it, mistakenly, I think; they also rebelled at reading Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, a very short book that's great fun to read. - But the book (VF) does get better as it goes along. There is a scene with Becky and young Rawdon that says a lot in one line about what can go wrong between the wrong parent and the right child. Enjoy. - Meanwhile, I'm open to the next item on my medieval reading list. I read The Cloud of Unknowing and Julian of Norwich at a friend's suggestion, and also The Canon's Yeoman's Tale, which strained my Middle English quite a bit, but worth the effort - And, I almost forgot, a happy New Year! - Macspaunday (talk) 14:14, 25 December 2015 (UTC)
        • Likewise! I took the opportunity to finish the book--honestly I expected a bit more fireworks; I thought Becky would be exposed, plunge a knife into Jos's heart,&c. Very enjoyable book for the most part (yes, with original illustrations) though I admit I didn't read all of Thackeray's eloquent meta-commentaries completely. We do have a Becky Sharp among Wikipedia's ranks, by the way

          I will finish this post some other time--doing this mobilely isn't pleasurable. Thanks again for the reading tip and I'll find a copy of Cranford. Happy holidays--I hope your syllabi are ready and that your classes are making. Drmies (talk) 06:35, 27 December 2015 (UTC)

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A pie for you![edit]

A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Hey man, this pie is just to say, you know, it's been a long summer and I just got finished with White-Jacket (Melville and his stupid hyphens), and hey, I'm sorry I didn't get to Gaskell yet. But I just emailed the Two Most Likely Colleagues To Have Cranford or North and South, so I'm on it. Oh, forgot to write those syllabi: fall is here... I hope this finds you well and ready to go for yet another exciting semester. Drmies (talk) 22:36, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

@Drmies:! That pie is delicious - thank you! I've had three slices already. Sorry not to have answered sooner - we're in the remote north woods where the internet and life and both slow, and I've avoided the web when we're on the road. - Anyway, I think I've changed my mind about recommending North and South - I've been reading it again, and it's more grim and slow than I remembered, though it's got some terrific bits. Cranford is short and wonderful, and still very much on the recommended list. This summer I got back to Dostoyevsky after a lot of decades, and The Brothers K. was even better than I remembered, and Notes from Underground is astonishingly good. But if you're curious about the nineteenth century novel, the German novelist Fontane is as great as can be. Effie Briest is so powerful that there were pages where I could hardly breathe while reading; the tone is low-key from start to finish; no big dramatic moments; but the whole thing is overwhelmingly dramatic and I don't know anything else like it. - Have you got any other medieval suggestions? Guillaume de Dole was a revelation. Always looking for more. - Now back to that pie (pie for breakfast is a rare treat). - Macspaunday (talk) 12:34, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

  • I was afraid you might ask for more. My well is running dry. I assume you read the Mabinogian? You may run into the brand-new translation of Aucassin and Nicolette (which should really be called Nicolette and Aucassin) if you happen to stop by a specialized bookstore. Yes, my colleague told me that North and South was a bit depressing; we'll see. In the meantime, though, I had to pick up Herman Koch's The Dinner, but that's a quick read. Gotta tell you, I hate suspense; I have the feeling I won't know for many pages what video daddy found on his son's cell phone.

    You sound like you're having fun: you must be a very bad academic. I'm here plugging away at syllabi, only to discover that two of the three books I require have gone into new editions, overnight. *Le sigh* I hope I will be allowed to read your Fontane in English: life is too short to read in German. All the best, and may your semester not start for another week or more. Drmies (talk) 16:50, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

    • @Drmies: - The Mabinogion has been on my Amazon "save for later" list forever. Time to get it off there and into the shopping cart. Aucassin and/or Nicolette has been in the back of my mind too. (New translation? Will check this out.) - Where I am now, the closest bookstore is about sixty miles away, though that should change when the semester starts. As you guessed, I'm a very bad academic: I just got my last syllabus done and ordered books; should have done this weeks ago. - Yes, Fontane in English. I decided not to stumble through him in German; there's a paperback translation of Effie Briest available from the UK that seems to get it right. Also, there are plenty of old Oxford World's Classics editions of other titles out there. - Not surprised that your colleague reports being depressed by North and South; that's what it's been doing to me, so I went to Dostoyevsky to get cheered up a bit - a sentence I never thought I'd write. Herman Koch is completely new to me; will get a look. Meanwhile, the new semester is bearing down hard. A friend in Georgia is starting a week from Monday, I think, but I've a few days more breathing room. - Enjoy the semester! - Macspaunday (talk) 20:37, 11 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Alright Macspaunday, I hope this finds you well. I've been meaning to tell you for a few weeks now that I am making good progress in North and South. My body count is at...let me see...Mrs. Hale, Ms. Higgins, Boucher, yes, three. Did I miss one or two? I keep wanting to say "it's picking up pace" but you know that's really a lie--and I can't really say who I want her to hook up with, that industrialist or Mr. Lawyer Fancypants from London. She certainly is exciting, though, and there's lots of interesting angles. I'm interested also in Mr. Hale's dissent, and I've edited and written articles related to such topics, and read a book or two, but man that's all so complicated. Ha, please don't ask me to untangle Old Mortality, haha. Anyway. It's midterm time and I have grades to hand in. Oh, I alternate between reading Gaskell and De Man; I never got around to Rhetoric of Romanticism. It's a dirty job, maybe, but someone's gotta do it. Adieu, Drmies (talk) 00:45, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

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