Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Gilbert Gottfried Was More Than Just a Funny Voice

The late comedian helped move stand-up beyond the realm of the merely observational and create space for the absurd. (from ‘The Atlantic’):


By the window where I sit in my branch library two and 1/2 blocks from where I live. I don’t get much accomplished at the library that I couldn’t do at home. But I do put a coat or a sweater on to go out. I do turn the lights out in the apartment before I leave. I do take the day’s NYT to leave at the library for anyone who might want it. I do see things along the walk to the library. I see books, some new ones, at the library. I could go on about other things and people I see outside my apartment when I venture out. I don’t think it’s all good this trend to stay at home. 

What Kind of Bookstore Browser Are You?

We booksellers have seen it all. (from

Tuesday, April 12, 2022


Graduating seniors from the city’s schools should be able to read as well as their teachers.

Monday, April 11, 2022


Ocean Vuong Is Still Learning

An interview in ‘The New Yorker’:  The author of “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” and the new poetry collection “Time Is a Mother” has won a MacArthur “genius” grant, yet keeps his white-belt approach to writing.