Category Archives: literature

bad advice

    “I judge a book by the impression it makes and leaves in my mind, by the feelings solely as I am no scholar.–—A story that touches and moves me, I can make others read and believe in.–—What I … Continue reading

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“dense” writing

      By dense, I mean the word in the sense of “closely compacted in substance.” which is the first dictionary definition given. Not dense in the sense of stupid, referring to a person. I realize that I prefer … Continue reading

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“A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest”

              I am reaching the end of the novel Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott, which I have been reading for a few weeks by fits and starts (as is often … Continue reading

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a poem

    ON BEING ASKED, WHENCE IS THE FLOWER? In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes, I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods, Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook, To please the desert and the sluggish brook. … Continue reading

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Tom Wolfe

    re: “Tom Wolfe, Author of ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Bonfire of the Vanities,’ Dies” By Deirdre Carmody and William Grimes The New York Times May 15, 2018       *****************************************************   An obituary of journalist and novelist Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) … Continue reading

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“I Hear America Singing”

                *****************************************************     I Hear America Singing By Walt Whitman   I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and … Continue reading

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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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