Saturday, February 20, 2021

Tobias Wolff on Ernest Hemingway in the latest New Yorker. I have a paperback collection of his stories near my bed. I read one now and then. Nothing like them. They’re as strong as his strong finger hitting a typewriter key. Here’s the piece:

I just watched another video I happened upon about the Rosenwald Schools which I mentioned recently. Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald from Sears along with the Black communities in the South built more than 5,000 schools for kids in pre-Brown v. Board days. It fascinates/impresses me. If it does you, here’s a video that describes things about the times and the motivation:

Friday, February 19, 2021


I wrote this on Facebook last night: I’m 73 and I probably shouldn’t some would say go out today in a town where almost no sidewalks were shoveled. But you have to go out and maybe I’d find something to take a picture of and maybe if I stopped in Strand a book would make me buy it. One did.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

In the latest ‘TIME’ Vietnamese-American novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen who wrote The Sympathizer that won the Pulitzer Prize and has his new one The Committed coming out in two weeks writes about what Amanda Gorman’s poem meant to him. On the link, the essay might be beneath some subscription messaging, or not: