Monthly Archives: August 2017

names

      I passed a clothing store today, Vivaldi, a boutique located on the West side of Third Avenue on the corner of 79th Street. I have noticed this store before. I used to live on the East Side. … Continue reading

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grammar (again!)

    “A documentary that aired on Britain’s Channel 4 two weeks ago generated news about how much sex — or not so much — Charles and Diana were having as their marriage cratered, mostly because Charles could not get over his one … Continue reading

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thoughts about Gogol

    Elisabeth van der Meer has another great post at https://arussianaffair.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/typically-gogol/ which is about the Russian author Nikolai Gogol. I responded as follows.     *****************************************************     Great post, Elisabeth. Very interesting and insightful. A couple of things … Continue reading

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Vocabulary: Building and Using One’s Own; The Delight of Same; Its Value to a Writer

      Vocabulary: Building and Using One’s Own; The Delight of Same; Its Value to a Writer By Roger W. Smith     The following are some exchanges about VOCABULARY (no less) that I have had recently, via email, … Continue reading

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a premonition

    My wife Janet and I had a very pleasant lunch with my brother and sister-in-law in Manhattan today. They were going to a matinee performance of a Broadway play. My wife and I walked up Fifth Avenue together and … Continue reading

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epiphany

    Scott and Janet —   It’s almost 7:30 p.m. The library is about to close, and I’m heading uptown on Lexington Avenue to 47th Street. It was another beautiful day. I love summer evenings. I’ve been having a … Continue reading

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J-school students, give heed!

    Yes, I’m a J-school grad. M.A., Journalism, New York University, 1988. All journalism students are taught, first and foremost, the importance of the LEAD. Here’s a stupendous one: Without it, if you are a New Yorker of a … Continue reading

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