Stuff I’m watching and reading, because I know you all want to know.
Winter Olympics: Because I like to watch people doing stuff in snow. Rooting for the Nigerian bobsled team, the Mongolians, and whoever wins one of those Iron Person extravaganzas.
Victoria: Because I’m a sucker for fictional British history and because it stars a Dr. Who Companion. Read more about Winter 2018
A Few Favorite Sentences
Every once in a while, when reading, I come across a sentence that almost takes my breath away with its simple, descriptive words that open my eyes to a world. Read more about A Few Favorite Sentences
What was it like to be an American colonist in the 17th and 18th centuries, living under the rule of Great Britain? Read more about Colonial America
I once read that dreaming of houses means that you are searching for the right one, for your proper place in the world, for, like Goldilocks, the place that's "just right." Read more about House Hunting
How a Novel
gets written. That’s what I’m supposed to be doing today. Not a whole novel, but editing one I’ve already finished. My third. It’s almost ready for its close-up. There are just a very few more lines to double-check. I’ll have it done before close of business tomorrow. Read more about How a Novel
One of the stories I sometimes tell involves a date, one date, I went on back in 1968, He was a black photographer with NBC news that I had met at an Operation Breadbasket meeting. I was in my early 20’s, and dumb as they come. We were chatting politely over dinner about this and that, when he said something about how white folks were always making themselves out to be the descendants of some kind of European royalty. Read more about White Trash
Gossip and Myth: Pillars of Civilization
These are two of my favorite takeaways from Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind.
On Gossip: Read more about Gossip and Myth: Pillars of Civilization
The Ways of Love
According to the Wiki, Jazz, by Toni Morrison, is a tale of purgatory and jazz. I say it is a tale of love that moves to a jazz beat. Listen to Morrison describe a world in which love makes itself known to be a necessary thing: Read more about The Ways of Love
A Despicable Protagonist
Simone Simonini, a man whom Umberto Eco claims he has tried to make into the most cynical and disagreeable character in all the history of literature is also the only non-fiction character in The Prague Cemetery, which is depressing given that there are a great many characters, and that the novel is, in essence, a his Read more about A Despicable Protagonist