Wednesday, July 17, 2024

FOR TEN YEARS or more, my weekday alarm is set for 6:23. I get moving, meditate like I have for 40-some years, text a Cleveland friend to let him know I’m still alive. C-SPAN at 7:00 on my phone like radio. Make the bed. Exercise briefly with some light weights. Make sure the lights are off and the refrigerator door is closed, and head out. I love the routine. 

Friday, July 12, 2024

The best recent poetry – review roundup

Fierce Elegy by Peter Gizzi; Adam by Gboyega Odubanjo; Bark, Archive, Splinter by Jay Gao; Polkadot Wounds by Anthony Vahni Capildeo; Goodlord by Ella Frears; Skeletons by Deborah Landau

Sunday, July 7, 2024


Beach Reads

We spent a sweltering summer Saturday at Jacob Riis Park to get some bookshelf inspiration



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Friday, July 5, 2024


Garth Risk Hallberg: ‘David Foster Wallace convinced me to change the way I was living’

The American author on how Infinite Jest made him face up to his substance abuse, and the joy of Judy Blume

Monday, July 1, 2024

I’M GOING to put this in my bag this morning when I go downtown with the sign. I’m going to read it on the subway again a little each day for the third time.

Saturday, June 29, 2024


These classic ’60s books shout from the shelves to be read again

Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Harper Lee and others asked provocative, brave questions about many of the same urgent issues we face today.

Thursday, June 27, 2024