Category Archives: Philosophical

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Post election

We’ve been in Baja all week; it was supposed to be a rest and celebration. Of course, it hasn’t been that. While it’s been weird to be in a tropical non-USA paradise, the indifferent, perfect ocean has been some consolation. … Continue reading

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Hiding the brush strokes

  A friend forwarded an article from Matthew Weiner  (the creator of the TV series Mad Men)  on writing. He makes the point that writers often pretend there’s little work involved in creating their final piece, but that the process is … Continue reading

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Busy, busy, busy

Did you ever read Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Cat’s Cradle? It’s one I read in my early twenties, and certain phrases and coinages have entered my personal lexicon: your karass is basically your tribe–the people that you are destined to meet. A duprass is … Continue reading

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Who are these Trump supporters?

I’ve really been wondering, and this article in the New Yorker provides at least a partial answer: “The Trump supporters I spoke with were friendly, generous with their time, flattered to be asked their opinion, willing to give it, even … Continue reading

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You can take the girl out of New York…

but even though I’ve now lived about two-thirds of my life in California, I still relate to the world through a New Yorker’s lens, always searching for the fastest route, the shortest line, the way to keep moving, even when … Continue reading

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A miscellany

I realized that this is close to the five year anniversary of this blog. Despite typos, sloth, and various technical difficulties, I’ve managed to publish something at least once a week for this period. These last two weeks have been particularly … Continue reading

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Two points of view

This week, I have read two passages with very opposing points of view. The first from a book by Claudia Rankine, called Citizen. Here’s a fairly typical excerpt: “You are in the dark, in the car, watching the black-tarred street being … Continue reading

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Bob and Ray

Back in the days of radio, the comedy team of Bob and Ray provided hours of low-key comedy.  Ray Goulding has been gone for some time, but Bob Elliott’s obituary just appeared in the NY Times this morning.

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Books that change your life

I’ve been reading some essays by C.K. Williams (who wrote last week’s poem). In one essay he talks about reading a book by Robert Lowell, Imitations, which broke open a new way of thinking about poetry. Imitations was influential and … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on racism

I came up against my unacknowledged biases twice in the last month, first in the audience at an LGBT event. Seeing how everyone else was dressed–a kind of kinky extreme fashion–and how I was dressed–skirt, sweater, sandals–I felt slightly out of … Continue reading

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