Category Archives: Writers and Writing

We All Need To Think Like Lawyers

“Low-carb diet linked to earlier death, study says,” by Ashley May.  USA Today, 8/18/2018. This study, called by its senior author of the original scientific publication,  “the most comprehensive study of carbohydrate intake.” The research compared data from over 15,400 … Continue reading

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For the Love Of Books

“The Stack,” by Kathryn Schulz. The New Yorker, 3/25/2019. Schulz, one of my favorite New Yorker authors who I’ve quoted here before, describes how her parents stored books when she was growing up, and I immediately recognized similarities (and differences) … Continue reading

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Vocabulary: Sandbag

(Vocabulary postings are words or phrases I recently came across in reading, did not fully understand, looked it up, and discovered something new.) Sandbag: A slang verb, to hit (or be hit) severely and unexpectedly. Garrison Keillor recently used it, … Continue reading

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Dementia Treatment

“Telling” by Oliver Sacks. The New Yorker, 3/4/2019. Oliver Sacks was a British neurologist, best known for his prolific writing, mainly for Awakenings that was made into a movie starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. I remember him for … Continue reading

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Reading Or Listening? (Podcasts)

“Binge Listening,” by Rebecca Mead. The New Yorker, 11/19/2018. Okay, so I write this blog, but that just shows how far behind the times I am. If I was more up-to-date, I would record and post a podcast that everyone … Continue reading

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Edward Gorey

“Funny Peculiar,” by Joan Acocella. The New Yorker, 12/10/2018. This is about the cartoonist, Edward “Ted” Gorey. You will probably recognize his unique and spooky style from his illustrations introducing PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery. Gorey died in 2000 at age 75. … Continue reading

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Vocabulary: Sobriquet

(Vocabulary postings are words or phrases I recently came across in reading, did not fully understand, looked up, and discovered something new.) Sobriquet: It’s French, and we pronounce it sort of like SOBER-kay here in Delaware. We rarely use it. … Continue reading

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