Category Archives: Writers and Writing

Zen And the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance

This is a book that became very popular in the early 1970s when it was first published. I read it then (or thought I did), lost my copy of the book, bought another copy years later that came out for … Continue reading

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Before the Internet

“Before the Internet,” by Emma Rathbone. The New Yorker, 6/20/2017. The New Yorker article is a short, humorous piece about how life was different before we had the Internet, but a couple of the points were especially relevant for me. … Continue reading

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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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