Saturday, June 12, 2021


THESE NUMBERS WERE IN THE TIMES’ Pentagon Papers at 50 special section today:

-number of American soldiers who died in Vietnam:   


-estimated number of Vietnamese soldiers killed:        


-estimated number of Vietnamese civilians killed:     

1 million to 2 million


16-PAGE special section. The Pentagon Papers at 50. You can likely find it on

Friday, June 11, 2021

You still wear your mask inside the Strand bookstore. Some late afternoons when I’m finishing my hour walk, I stop in. When I walk along the outside on 12th Street, I take photos of people if they look interesting to me. Today some did.

Thursday, June 10, 2021


from The New Yorker:


The defiant group of AIDS activists was itself riven by discord. What can the movement’s legacy, of both ferocity and fragility, teach us?

Monday, June 7, 2021


I’ve been away. Still am until tomorrow. In Jackson, Wyoming where my youngest daughter and husband live with their three daughters. I brought two books. I haven’t read them really since I got off the plane. Too much to take in here. I’ve been here more than 50 times, since my daughter moved here 20-some years ago. Still I’m exhilarated by the place.