Category Archives: general interest

Balzac on memory

    In view of the fact that I have posted several posts recently with comments about memory, I found the following passage in Stefan Zweig’s biography of Balzac to be very interesting.     *****************************************************     The assimilation … Continue reading

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serendipity (or, should I say, the paranormal)

    It usually is the case that if two people don’t get along, they can’t have a successful working relationship. This applies to an instructor and a student. If the thing being taught is something technical, you would think … Continue reading

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one cent more

    My mother, Elinor Handy Smith, had an excellent, novelistic memory. She remembered all sorts of particulars that brought her past and the people who populated her past alive. She told amusing stories about herself too. Like how, graduating … Continue reading

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unable to love

      “What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov       *****************************************************     Could Theodore Dreiser ever truly love anyone? The answer is … Continue reading

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when knowledge (and learning) can prove to be useful

    I am reading Thoreau’s essay on walking. From a recent exhibit at the Morgan Library, I learned that Thoreau, who some moderns may think of as a sort of proto hippie, was very studious and had a very … Continue reading

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hats

    The other day, I used a cliché in conversation with a friend. I had shared an audiotape of an interesting lecture with him. “If you don’t find it interesting,” I said, “I’ll eat my hat.” He joked that … Continue reading

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on walking (and exercise)

    “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least–and it is commonly more than that–sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all … Continue reading

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