Saturday, August 14, 2021


An interview with Marty Baron former editor of the ‘Washington Post’, before that the ‘Boston Globe’. This was online from ‘Vox’:


Jason Reynolds has written bestselling books for young people. He’s now the Library of Congress’s National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. ‘The New Yorker’ profiled him in the new issue. Here’s a paragraph from it. The whole piece is linked below that:

…In April of this year, Reynolds paid a virtual visit to students at Coalinga Middle School, in central California, from his sunny home office. His oversized Library of Congress medal was conspicuous hanging from his neck. He explained his role as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature: “What I’m supposed to do is encourage all the young people to read and write, right?” He continued, “If my teen-age homie don’t like to read, and I show up and I’m, like, ‘Hey, I know you don’t like reading, but guess what I’m getting ready to tell you? You got to read,’ they’re going to say . . . ‘No.’ That doesn’t work.”

Friday, August 13, 2021


TWO AMISH BROTHERS yesterday fellow passengers on the Amtrak train from Cleveland to New York checking out magazines on our long stop-over in Albany.

Thursday, August 12, 2021


An online short description in ‘Entertainment Weekly’ of Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming big new novel Crossroads which is the first book in a trilogy: