Monthly Archives: January 2017

A Walt Whitman Letter; and, What Can Be Inferred from It about Letter Writing in General

    Camden [NJ] Friday noon, 26th Sept.     Dear son Pete,   Your letter of yesterday came this forenoon—that was a rather serious runaway of cars in the tunnel a week ago—& mighty lucky to get off as … Continue reading

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Is it okay to associate with disreputable people?

    And it came to pass, as he sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, review of “Trump: The Art of The Deal” by Donald J. Trump

  The attached downloadable PDF file contains a book review by Roger W. Smith of Donald J. Trump’s bestseller Trump: The Art of the Deal. The review was written in May 1988 as a journalism school assignment. (My favorite phrase — … Continue reading

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further reflections upon my post “the greatest country” (and about the writing process)

    I have received (much to my surprise) harsh criticisms over the past couple of days in response to a new post of mine: “the greatest country in the world” It appears that I have committed “thought crime,” that … Continue reading

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“the greatest country in the world”

  Last night, I watched a recently released film about the editor Max Perkins and the writer Tom Wolfe, who had a close professional and personal relationship. The film, The Genius (2016), has gotten mixed reviews. I liked it. Anyway, … Continue reading

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Edvard Grieg, solo piano music

    The Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), himself a pianist, wrote hundreds of piano works, ranging from his well known Piano Concerto in A minor to a plethora of works for solo piano. The works for solo piano are … Continue reading

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“God’s in His heaven”

    The year’s at the spring, And day’s at the morn; Morning’s at seven; The hill-side’s dew-pearled; The lark’s on the wing; The snail’s on the thorn; God’s in His heaven— All’s right with the world   — Robert … Continue reading

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