Monthly Archives: December 2019

Living Large

“77 Sunset Me,” by Peter Schjeldahl. The New Yorker, 12/23/2019 This is a rather long article, an autobiography of and by the poet Peter Schjeldahl. I publish here just those phrases that caught my eye. * * * * * … Continue reading

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We Are Getting Older

“Old News,” by Arthur Krystal. The New Yorker, 11/4/2019. This is a review of books on aging, most of which the author dismisses as sappily optimistic. Krystal tells us near the end: “But what do I know? I’m just one … Continue reading

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Brain Fart

I admit it—I watch trashy reality TV shows. This one was my favorite, “Below Deck.” One of the characters, a 20-something girl, was ironing the staff’s uniforms and said she had a “brain fart” to no one in particular. What … Continue reading

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They Are Getting Smarter

Back in the day, computer programs came on CD disks that you shared with friends. If you wanted a new program, you first called all of your friends to see if they had it, and they lent you their disk. … Continue reading

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Niggardly

Is “niggardly” (meaning “stingy”) an acceptable term? The word’s derivation is from Middle English, totally different than the racial slur. However, many people confuse the two and take offence. I certainly do not want to offend anybody. I recently said … Continue reading

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Learning From Seinfeld

This is too simple to call it an invention, so I’ll just call it a procedure. Jerry Jerome and I once discussed how cheap water is (he has an outdoor pool that needs filling each spring). One of my pet … Continue reading

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The 2019 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

I once went there, but I got there too late and almost missed it all. Now-a-days, I watch it on TV, but a few things stood out. I wrote about the parade last year. Nothing’s changed. I write about it … Continue reading

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