Category Archives: Books

“Ode to Browsing the Web” by Marcus Wicker

“Ode to the Browsing the Web” by Marcus Wicker Two spiky-haired Russian cats hit kick flips on a vert ramp. The camera pans to another pocket of the room where six kids rocking holey T-shirts etch aerosol lines on warehouse … Continue reading

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An Old Poem

“Western Wind” (a fragment of medieval English poetry) Western wind, when wilt thou blow, The small rain down can rain? Christ, if my love were in my arms, And I in my bed again!  

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“Eating to Live” for 7 Weeks: A Review

I’m finishing up Week 7 of the “Eat to Live” program detailed here. I started out wanting to lose 10 lbs, and I’ve lost 7. It hasn’t been too hard, but it’s not exactly been easy, either. Your “Eat to … Continue reading

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Another Favorite Living Author

As I’ve almost certainly mentioned before, my favorite living author is the great Ian McEwan. I’ve got other living favorites, too, such as Tony Earley, Jeffrey Eugenides, Geraldine Brooks, and Wendell Berry. I also have a list of dead favorites. It’s grown longer … Continue reading

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“Knowledge” by Louise Bogan

“Knowledge” by Louise Bogan Now that I know That passion warms little Of flesh in the mold, And treasure is brittle, I’ll lie here and learn How, over their ground, Trees make a long shadow And a light sound.

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Dead Friends I Never Met

Don’t we all have dead friends we never met? I do. People I love and feel connected to, who died before my time, but who walk with me and support me, whose work or lives give me guidance and comfort. Here … Continue reading

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The Only Bad Thing About the Public Library

I love public libraries. I love that they’re free. I love the employees at my library—they’re all funny, helpful, intellectual, and open-minded. I love the books. I love taking the books back to the library when I’m done with them, because … Continue reading

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