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CELEBRATING MAGAZINES

STEVEN LOMAZOW, M.D., collects magazine, some 83,000 of them. And New York City’s Grolier Club has assembled an exhibition selected from his collection. Jennifer Schuessler writes “Are Magazines Dead? Not … Continue reading

March 4, 2021 · 1 Comment

OBAMA’S MEMOIRS

I HAVEN’T READ Barack Obama’s A Promised Land, and considering the number of books already on my “to-read” stack, I’m not likely to attempt this 768-page challenge. On the other … Continue reading

February 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: VACCINE

MUCH ON OUR minds these days, the word “vaccine” has interesting etymology and important current usage. Here are tidbits gleaned from my usual Internet sleuthing. Dictionary Definition. Merriam-Webster says a … Continue reading

February 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

BARD STATS

WHEN WIFE DOTTIE was a kid, she and her friend Gracie Watts would perform plays for their parents. When she asked her dad which part he liked best, he’d invariably … Continue reading

February 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

PUSILLANIMOUS, CRAVEN, DASTARDLY: ETYMOLOGIES, WITH EXAMPLES   PART 2

THIS ALL STARTED with my seeking descriptions of certain U.S. Senators participating in the Trump sequel to his first impeachment. The nickel word “pusillanimous” came to mind in Part 1; … Continue reading

February 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

PUSILLANIMOUS, CRAVEN, DASTARDLY: ETYMOLOGIES, WITH EXAMPLES   PART 1

I WAS AT a loss for words while I listened to Senator Mitch McConnell and other Republicans during this past week’s impeachment hearings. But then three words came to mind: … Continue reading

February 16, 2021 · 5 Comments

THE FIRST HUMANIST PLAYWRIGHT

SHAKESPEARE: THE INVENTION of the Human, 1998, is a classic book by Harold Bloom, 1930–2019, who is oft cited as “the most influential English-language critic of the late 20th century.” … Continue reading

February 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

ON REMARKABLE DIARIES

I’VE NEVER KEPT a diary. As one of Wife Dottie’s relatives said (while flipping the car’s rearview mirror out of the way), “What’s past is past….” On the other hand, … Continue reading

February 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

SECONDHAND BOOKSHOPS I HAVE LOVED

BACK WHEN TRAVEL was important to my life, secondhand bookshops were important to my travel. The search was as entertaining as the acquisition, and the surprises could be terrific. Here’s … Continue reading

January 31, 2021 · 4 Comments

THERE’S A WORD FOR THAT

CHANGING TIMES CALL for changing terms. Science magazine, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, asked young scientists “What new word or phrase would you add … Continue reading

January 30, 2021 · 2 Comments