Category Archives: Literature

Sunday Night Potpourri: Shallows and Spiders Edition

We’re moving into night two of a three-day weekend, and I haven’t posted in a few days, so here we go… *** Yesterday the Spawn and I went down to Real City for lunch at her favorite restaurant (her treat) … Continue reading

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Time Machines

Brian Morton of Sarah Lawrence College had a fine article in yesterday’s NYT about a topic I’ve addressed in the past. As a medievalist — as a teacher of literature — part of my job is to walk my kids through … Continue reading

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Gathering Stones Together

One of my late Christmas presents came early yesterday. Maybe I’d better explain. One of the top items on my Christmas list was A Time to Scatter Stones, Lawrence Block’s latest (and likely final) installment in Matt Scudder’s multi-volume, fictive autobiography. … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve Potpourri: Beach Reading Edition

We’re sliding out of 2018 in a skosh more than three hours here in Mondoville, and I think I’ll get things going with a piece from the Golden Trashery of Ogden Nashery: Good Riddance, But Now What? Come, children, gather … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, 2018

The gifts are open (mine were heavy on Travis McGee novels, replacing the ones I’ve lost over the years, and also included collections of Borges and Philip Larkin), the breakfast is eaten, and the dinner is in the oven. Mrs. … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Christmas Eve 2018 Edition

Mrs. M and I made a run to Real City this afternoon, and got home a few hours ago. The gifts are wrapped (in the case of my gift to Mrs. M, with the assistance of the Spawn, and by … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Blood, Sal Mineo, and Green Pajamas Edition

I had an urge to change my scenery this afternoon, so instead of sitting in my den with my feet up, I’m sitting in my office with my feet up. Apparently the Bengals are making like a squashed possum,  so … Continue reading

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