Monthly Archives: February 2017

jarring

      A friend of mine took it upon himself to write a brief, eloquent letter of condolence this week to my wife in response to a death which has occurred in her immediate family. Such letters are difficult … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman’s watering hole

      Pfaff’s beer cellar, a bohemian watering hole and a center of literary life in Manhattan in the mid-nineteenth century, was located at 647 Broadway in what is now called Lower Manhattan.  (At the time, most of Manhattan … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman’s prescriptions for healthy living

    Walt Whitman’s health manual, “Manly Health and Training” (1858) has recently been published. It was discovered in 2012 by a graduate student at the University of Houston, Zachary Turpin. “Manly Health and Training,” written under the pseudonym Mose … Continue reading

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drugs

      We should treat with indulgence every human folly, failing, and vice, bearing in mind that what we have before us are simply our own failings, follies, and vices. For they are just the failings of mankind to … Continue reading

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thoughts about Elvis (with a nod to Monsieur Proust)

    Détestez la mauvaise musique, ne la méprisez pas. Comme on la joue, la chante bien plus, bien plus passionnément que la bonne, bien plus qu’elle s’est peu à peu remplie du rêve et des larmes des hommes. Qu’elle … Continue reading

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a scholarly putdown

    A friend told me a story the other day. He was given the assignment of writing a poem as a sophomore in high school. His teacher handed it back to him the next day and made the following … Continue reading

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“how about leaving the past alone?”

                re: Yale Will Drop John Calhoun’s Name From Building The New York Times February 11, 2017     The article indicates that on February 11, Yale University announced — after years of … Continue reading

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