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Book Review: The Art Of Wandering

The Art Of Wandering:  The Writer As Walker, by Merlin Coverley Admittedly, I am far better as a writer than as a walker, but both are activities I tend to enjoy, so long as they are not overly strenuous.  My … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Chairs Are Where The People Sit

The Chairs Are Where The People Sit, by Misha Glouberman with Sheila Heti This book was not quite what I expected it to be.  Once upon a time I wrote a play called “A Play About Chairs” that made fun … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Man Of Letters

A Man Of Letters, by Thomas Sowell Reading someone’s mail is always a dicey proposition.  Sometimes the letters that we write and receive require a bit of context, and we may read them and interpret them without a great deal … Continue reading

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Accidents Of Survival

When I was an undergraduate in college, I took a course that required me to read a diary written by a Napoleonic soldier who had ended up later in life as a German immigrant to Kansas, where his edited diary … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Write A Thesis

How To Write A Thesis, by Umberto Eco In many ways, this charming and relatively short guide to how to write a thesis is somewhat obsolete in that it was written in an age of card catalogs before word processing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Greek And Latin Authors: 800BC – 1000AD

Greek And Latin Authors:  800BC – 1000AD, by Michael Grant I can see why a book like this needs to be written.  People who are classicists need a place to look up the relevant ancient and early medieval writers whose … Continue reading

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We Beefin

I love beef.  And while I do not get to eat beef as much as I would like, I am not talking here about the kind that comes from mostly placid hooved ruminants, but rather the sort of beef that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Big Magic

Big Magic:  Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert Just about every writer on creativity has some major agendas when it comes to their work, and this writer has several agendas, some of which are not offensive at all, which … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Lesson In Creativity From New Jersey 11th Graders

During the spring of 2011, shortly before moving to Thailand, I had a job as a scorer for the written exams of New Jersey 11th graders that year, who all had to answer in essay form a question involving peanut … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Literary Essays Of Thomas Merton

The Literary Essays Of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton While I cannot imagine this book ever becoming a popular sort of volume to read, nor do I fully agree with the author’s sometimes off-putting “woke” perspective on politics and his … Continue reading

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