Monthly Archives: April 2016

Gay Talese’s Latest

“The Voyeur’s Motel,” by Gay Talese. The New Yorker, 4/11/2016. Gay Talese is probably today’s best writer that you’ve never heard of. He writes non-fiction. Readers of non-fiction are drawn to the topic and rarely notice who wrote it, but … Continue reading

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A High Fashion Fable

One day long ago and far away, maybe ten years ago, maybe in Ohio, a small group of high school students noticed the coolest guy in the hood only tucked in the front of his shirt, leaving the rest hanging … Continue reading

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The Death of a Classmate

Nancy Leith Musser lost two of her high school friends: Blanche Kurtz recently, and Beth Mellott last year. I don’t usually report the deaths of classmates, mainly because I hear of so few, yet I know there must be many … Continue reading

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Bill Walton, Recreational Cycling, and Jason Gay—All-In-One

“Bill Walton’s All About the Bike,” by Jason Gay. The Wall Street Journal, 4/21/2016. Cycling is something I’ve been doing daily for over 40 years, even taking my first son on a pajama ride through the neighborhood before his bedtime … Continue reading

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Jason Gay’s Way With Words

“Let’s Sell New York With Phil Jackson,” by Jason Gay. The Wall Street Journal, 4/18/2016. As I mentioned before, I am a fan of Jason Gay, a sportswriter for The Wall Street Journal. I read him for his way with … Continue reading

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Horn & Hardart Automats

As an almost-Philadelphian, I am an almost-expert on the Automat. Every person who grew up in the Philadelphia area around WWII has been to an Automat. It was free entertainment for children, and adults loved to take us there. It … Continue reading

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But I Love Calculus!

“Calculus Is So Last Century.” by Tianhui Michael Li and Allison Bishop. The Wall Street Journal, 2/5/2016. Math came alive for me when I took calculus. It was trigonometry I hated. Trig involved a lot of memorization of equations, called … Continue reading

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