The red tower of clay still pleases the eye, dividing the house, the sky beyond the roof peak, where views involve spruce, pines, marshes, lakes and the pall that gathers wet and grey over the ocean on troubled mornings, like dismal notions swept from Hades' crowded rooms-- but trees and fog don't matter, nor upon whom the fault lies for its half-blocked flue, its shoddiness
that always meant even two days of wood smoke might set it ablaze.
Despite all this--including the shoddiness
of the misnamed "perfect binding" and much book production today--books have never quite lost the reverence once paid to illuminated vellum pages produced by monks at a cost higher than many people's homes and furnishings.
The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness
in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy.
When they are not, their deficiencies fairly shout at the courthouse reporter who has read too many briefs to be taken in by exaggeration, misquotation, manipulation of precedent, conclusions that do not follow [easily or at all] from premises, and plain shoddiness
My mother especially, but all of us felt exquisitely self-conscious about the state of the apartment: the mishmash of tattered furniture; the water-damaged ceilings; the general, cramped shoddiness
that defied even my mother's incessant stacking and dusting.
American conservatism would have been better prepared to resist intellectual shoddiness
, corrupt imagination, and a false moral virtue.
Thankfully, Sky does not accept such shoddiness
and will doubtless be right on top of the situation at the bottom of the Premiership as the goals go in at Old Trafford and Bramall Lane.
Holding a quiz before dawn and using it to rip off the saddest people in the nation is the surely the ultimate in shameful shoddiness
, isn't it?
3] The satisfying pay-off of this spectacle of makeover work is the way things fit together, the performance of an expertise and skill that irons out all of the misfittings of life, adjusts and fine-tunes the gaps, creases, and traces of incommensurability, undoes shoddiness
and bad workmanship.
The blatant signs of disrepair may at last be being dealt with now, but as compensation for the long-term shoddiness
of the roads and pavements, shouldn't the council actually be paying the residents?
One of Wales's leading food safety experts warned shoddiness
was putting children's health at risk.
Immediately after the Battle of Omdurman in September 1898, for instance, he confessed to his mother, as he would to no one else, that the death and wounding of so many friends had completely unnerved him--it "made me anxious and worried during the night and I speculated on the shoddiness