Monthly Archives: April 2018

Louisa May Alcott

    I am reading Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches (1863) in the 1960 Harvard University Press edition edited by Bessie Z. Jones, which, if you can get your hands on it, is the best available edition, but there are … Continue reading

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piling on (the Cosby trial)

    Regarding the Bill Cosby trial. And his conviction last week. Newspaper accounts noted that the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania district attorney, Kevin R. Steele, asked that Mr. Cosby’s $1 million bail be revoked, suggesting he had been convicted of … Continue reading

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“you can’t live in a vacuum”

      “You can’t live life in a vacuum, just listing your grievances without thinking that often people have other views of what’s going on.” — sententious advice I recently received (May you be spared from such sermonizing.)   … Continue reading

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the ABUSE of bad words

      Pee. Shit. Fart. Fuck. I recently went to a doctor for a checkup. He asked me how frequently I urinated. He cautioned me, “Don’t drink water in the evening and before you go to bed. If you … Continue reading

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“vanity of vanities; all is vanity”

    The news depresses me. It is too much, far too much, about trivialities presented as matters of grave concern to the nation and body politic. It is not informative and instructive and is in fact rebarbative. It induces … Continue reading

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preparing for a trip; advice from a travel maven

      In the summer of 2016, I went on a trip with a friend to Spain. I was frantically trying to get ready at the last minute, to make sure I had done everything I intended to do … Continue reading

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another concert; thoughts about Bartók

      Last night, Tuesday, April 10, I saw a chamber music concert by the Artemis Quartet at Carnegie Hall which consisted of Beethoven’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. … Continue reading

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