What I’m Reading

It’s been too long since we’ve talked about books! I’ve been meaning to make a summer reading list, but suddenly the summer is half over and I don’t have a whole lot to show for it.  I’ve been reading in bits and pieces — a minor book funk, if you will — and so have picked […]

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The Pope Comes to Washington

Early Thursday, two colleagues and I tumbled out of the Library of Congress after a long morning of working events, and as we pressed our noses through the barriers segmenting Capitol Hill, a police officer informed us that the motorcade would be by shortly.  So we waited.  And sure enough, there was the Fiat.  And […]

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Lost in Translation

I have trouble with favorites.  I’ve never really had a favorite color, though for a while I said it was orange because that’s my dad’s favorite color, and now I say it’s blue.  I don’t have a favorite book, though Mrs. Dalloway is the first book that made me think, “Literature can be like this?” […]

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“It Is Justly Popular”

I’m not feeling so hot this evening, a condition I attribute to bad scrambled eggs.  While I kick back and watch Juno or read The Circle (haven’t decided yet), here’s someone else’s writing for you to think about: “How Wearing a Corset Every Day (and Night!) Changed this Woman’s Life,” by Grace Gold. The supposedly […]

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Back to the Future

Last night I played the party game that involves writing famous people’s names on slips of paper and then trading papers with someone else.  You then stick your piece of paper to your forehead (with a sizable gob of spit, or with tape if your own saliva is unappealing) and spend the next hour asking […]

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Friday Favorites 7

This View I used to think that when I grew up, I’d like to live in the city.  In the city, I thought, it would never grow dark.  I would never feel isolated or bored or afraid.  I wouldn’t need to worry about bears while dragging my trash to the street on winter evenings.  But […]

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Light Speed

Dedicated dog owners, we braved the results of a Winter Weather Advisory in order to fetch Ruby’s kibble. It was snowing fat flakes which flew around the car in long white lines, as if we were the Millennium Falcon going into light speed. “Punch it, Chewie!”

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What’s Going On

Post theme song: Someday this video will cease to be funny.  Thankfully, that day is not today. While you enjoy the music, here’s what’s going on with me lately: 1. I have finished The Years.  Truthfully, this novel lost me a bit in the middle.  It began spectacularly: it set me up to follow an extended […]

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About Clarence Darrow

I am thinking, tonight, about high school speech.  About the miracle that was high school speech.  About Clarence Darrow, whose courtroom defense of Leopold and Loeb I chose to deliver for my sophomore year speech.  Imagine a sixteen-year-old, only half understanding the magnitude of it all, standing in the middle of a dingy classroom in […]

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