Category Archives: Writers and Writing

Kafka

The meaning of life is that it stops. –Franz Kafka (1883-1924) You never know where a gem of wisdom will turn up. This quote from Franz Kafka came up on The Amazing Race that I was watching on TV, expecting … Continue reading

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Ever and Anon

An extinct old phrase, ever and anon means “now and then,” with the implication of repetition and some frequency. (Anon alone means “in a short time.”) I first came across “ever and anon” in Melville’s Moby-Dick (which I consider one … Continue reading

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Knowing Everything

“Know It All,” by Kathryn Schulz. The New Yorker, 10/16/2017. Kathryn Schulz has become one of my favorite authors.  I have written about her before. The Oxford University Press publishes a unique series of books called the “Very Short Introduction” … Continue reading

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Words Of the Day: Peplum and Ghosting

“Shirttails,” by Henry Alford.  The New Yorker, 12/18 & 25/2017. I came across “peplum” in The New Yorker’s The Talk Of the Town section, their collection of short pieces of local items that begins each issue. This one was about … Continue reading

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Sleep On

“The Secret Of Sleep,” by Jerome Groopman. The New Yorker, 10/23/2017. Book review of The Mystery Of Sleep, by Meir Kryger. Jerome Groopman is a physician and Meir Kryger is a professor at Yale Medical School, which gives their article … Continue reading

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Garrison Keillor

I still read Garrison Keillor. Since he retired from the radio show, Prairie Home Companion, his weekly syndicated column from the Washington Post began appearing in our local newspaper. When I wanted to recall last week’s column, I found on … Continue reading

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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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