Category Archives: Writers and Writing

Understanding Black Dialect

“You Don’t Understand,” by Vinson Cunningham. The New Yorker, 5/15/2017. A review of books by John McWhorter, linguist,  author, and Columbia professor. I won’t go into the arguments for or against Black English becoming a recognized dialect, an American street … Continue reading

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The New Yorker and the Benedict Option

“The Seeker.” By Joshua Rothman.  The New Yorker, 5/1/2017. (Biography of Rod Dreher.) It all started with my sister, three years older and editor of our high school newspaper, The Garnet & Gray.  I got in the habit of reading … Continue reading

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Must-See

Must-see.  There, I’ve used the phrase for the first and last time in my life.  I have never heard it spoken, but I often see it written, as recently as in today’s newspaper.  It is popular in the travel section … Continue reading

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The Origin of the Novel

“The Man Who Made the Novel,” by Adelle Waldman. The New Yorker, 5/16/2016. The world’s first novel is generally acknowledged to be Lady Murasaki’s Tale of Genji that popped up out of nowhere in 11th Century Japan. But it went … Continue reading

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Losing Life

“Losing Streak,” by Kathryn Schulz. The New Yorker, 2/13/2017. Ahh . . . these are the articles that keep me renewing my subscription. Schulz begins by describing her developing tendency to lose things. She describes the instances that have plagued … Continue reading

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More On Montaigne

“Mixed Up,” by Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker, 1/16/2016. Gopnik’s article gives many facts and insights into the life of Michael Montaigne, the 16th century writer credited with inventing the essay, and is well worth reading in its entirety, but … Continue reading

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Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer Reincarnated as Lee Child’s Jack Reacher

“Think Twice,” by John Lanchester.  The New Yorker, 11/14/2016. Our old friend, Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, whose adventures we all followed in high school (all us guys, that is), is back as Jack Reacher in a series of books by … Continue reading

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