The pale Usher -- threadbare in coat, heart, body, and brain; I see him now. He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queer handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the known nations of the world. He loved to dust his old grammars; it somehow reminded him of his mortality.Naomi Libicki was born in Columbus, Ohio, and has lived in Israel since age sixteen, first in Jerusalem, then in Nesher, a suburb of Haifa, and now in Jerusalem again. She is married to Alter S. Reiss. She has a cat, but she doesn't have a degree in linguistics yet.
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick