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Cohen, The Life of Riley, and One's Turn in the Barrel
When I honestly recall what I knew and understood when I was a college student, I cannot despair of  today's young, eagerly trying to make sense of Life.  I was still reading Edna St. Vincent Millay, biographies of opera stars, and assorted novelists.  I st...

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Liberality
Liberality I didn't mean to follow up on my last Post, which  I wrote deliberately very promptly, so as not to hear others' opinions. But I just was badly frightened by BookTV which I've listened to almost every weekend since the 1990s, even when it covered...

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Democracy
The closing address. I just listened to President Obama's address from Chicago. l have to say, unabashedly, that I believe every word of it and its sum.  It is why I voted to him before,  and even more after all he's been through.  My Pacific president, but...

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slokind commented on a post on Blogger.
Please excuse my using this site (the essay is wonderful, though), but we got an episode of Roadshow here this weekend, about two years ago, and the U. of E. Anglia art museum, in that 1970s style (we had one in Oregon, too), has a wonderful study collection (the original 400 pieces of its collectors). I had no such image of your university in my mind!
Happy New Year. Pat Lawrence

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A brief note on the prefix 'alt-'
The other day, failing to notice that the blog on which I'd left a comment (and now can't even find) about "alt-", is puzzling: unless it means nearly the same as "neo-" did several years ago in political discussions, it would be a truncated form, as "lumis...

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Paperbacks, eBooks, and Me
At the University of UC Corner Originally UC Corner on Telegraph Avenue was an international newsstand; that was why it had clocks on the Durant Avenue side window with all the time zones; indeed, it did still have international papers and magazines through...

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Latinity
Deplorable Atrocity I like to listen to interviews on C-Span's Book TV, but sometimes I wonder whether the interviewer was aware of what he or she said and, even more, whether author, whose new book was in his hand, had had the services of a competent edito...

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Occasional Flowers
One of the occasional gifts of wind and/or rain What I cannot claim to have planted, neither can I identify In the course of thirty years, this almost spectacular lily (?) flower has come up overnight, bloomed (lasting several days), and disappeared .  Once...

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Industrial Pennsylvania
 STEEL: Pittsburgh and Bethlehem in Literature Walker Evans, 1935, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from hill, across cemetery, to steel mills and furnace chimneys.  Large negative. Retired persons, especially if they are not just tempted but compelled to use eBook...

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Again, fixation on Light as the Photographic Medium
Three of a handful taken the morning of August 23, 2016 These are not pictures, such as would illustrate a catalogue, of cheap porch chairs, but of the light that the late morning sunlight happened to create, so that I can only apologize for the burnout at ...
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