Tuesday, June 19, 2018


                        There were readers in the White House.

Monday, June 18, 2018


This continually fascinates me that it's a painting. By German artist Gerhard Richter.

Sunday, June 17, 2018



The empowering potential of literacy can translate into increased political participation and thus contribute to the quality of public policies and to democracy.’ –Why Literacy Matters (UNESCO report)

Saturday, June 16, 2018


There is a reason it used to be a crime in the Confederate states to teach a slave to read: Literacy is power. -Matt Taibbi

Friday, June 15, 2018


'If we talk about literacy, we have to talk about how to enhance our children's mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent, creative, and involved lives.'   -Danny Glover

Thursday, June 14, 2018



Cynthia Nixon, running for governor of New York, made known her education plan. In the Times half-page article about it today, reading or literacy weren’t mentioned. I’m in Wyoming. When I get back to New York, I’ll look at the plan. I hope I find those two words used as seriously as melting polar ice.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018



I say it every year around this time. I say it to friends and I’ve said it on Facebook.  I’ve said it since I read it in 1995. Then I most likely said it with a cigarette in my hand.  Richard Ford’s Independence Day is the best book you can read in summer. And I’ve said this before too: If someone were to call it The Great American Novel, I’d nod with no deep argument for one better. 

It does what no movie or TV show can do. Very few novels do it. Detail a life in such an abundant perceptive way that the person becomes real. Really real. Not cleverly interesting. More than a character. Frank Bascombe.