Saturday, October 15, 2022


‘Could I understand the people who rushed into the Capitol?’: George Saunders on how stories teach empathy (from ‘The Guardian’):

The Booker-winning author on how fiction unites us as societies become ever more fractured

Wednesday, October 12, 2022


FROM A GORDON PARKS BOOK of his photos I looked through yesterday in Strand bookstore. Mobile, Alabama in the 1950s. I know such signs existed from seeing pictures like this in books. I think I remember small signs saying that at gas station drinking fountains and restrooms when my family would drive to Florida when I was young.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

For five days now I’ve been reading five pages of Ulysses in the morning. I enjoy the ritual of it, and the language which has a music to it. I don’t understand every line. But so what. I don’t understand every line of some of my favorite songs. I’ve read Ulysses twice before. 30 years ago I read five pages every morning like now in a first floor apartment in Lakewood, Ohio. I read it out loud. I maybe had a cigarette.