Category Archives: Culture

Goodbye to All That

My heart aches to be there with him. ———GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Joan Didion——— (1967) How many miles to Babylon? Three score miles and ten— Can I get there by candlelight? Yes, and back again— If your feet are … Continue reading

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How art changes us

I began to understand art as a kind of black box the reader enters. He enters in one state of mind and exits in another. The writer gets no points just because what’s inside the box bears some linear resemblance … Continue reading

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Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

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One of my favorite passages from Huckleberry Finn

Sometimes we’d have that whole river all to ourselves for the longest time. Yonder was the banks and the islands, across the water; and maybe a spark — which was a candle in a cabin window; and sometimes on the … Continue reading

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A Taste of Augie March

Following are some of my favorite quotes from that great American novel, Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March. I studied this novel with Professor Doug Bauer at Bennington College in Fall 2010, in his class “Malamud, Bellow, & Roth” … Continue reading

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My Great Weakness

Once in a while, I give in: I buy books. When I do, I limit myself with the following parameters: the book must be either 1) extremely unusual; 2) so long that if I got it from the library I … Continue reading

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