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July 29, 2009


Bellisima! (Two esses?)

And special kudos for finding a rhyme for "orgasm".

I second LO's emotion, though I can't help thinking that the "orgasmo" and "spasmo" of the Italian can hardly be bettered on the, um, orgasm rhyme front. The conjunction of "used," "confused," "fuse" (abetted by "juice") is the Hegelian dialectic (thesis / antithesis / synthesis) made sexy. Hurrah.

Grazie mille!

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