Note: this piece was recently published in the North American Review. If you've read it, please ignore. I'm publishing it on Substack for those who may…
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On a trip to Vienna as a young man. I walked into its huge art museum, the Kunsthistorisches, not having a clue. I knew next to nothing about art. When…
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More bad news? We don’t need it, do we? Abuse, though. That always needs to see the cleansing light of day. I wrote an essay about a football coach at…
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The other day I watched an old film, The Train. It was released in 1964, shot in black and white, and stars Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield. The film…
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I’m going to have a cataract operation today. I’ve been having problems with driving at night. And seeing distances. So, a month or so ago, I went and…
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The Ukrainian Coffee Shop
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Debit and credit. I want them balanced, or as nearly as I can make them. As I get older, though, the debit column gets more substantial. At 76, I begin…
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The current alarming shortage of baby formula has put me in a time machine. It’s caused me think about my daughter when she was a baby many years ago…
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"Mothers are all slightly insane," Holden Caulfield says at one point in The Catcher in the Rye. I always knew what he meant. It was never a quote that…
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Sometime in the mid-1970s, I read Edmund Wilson’s O Canada, An American’s Notes on Canadian Culture. As far as I know, it’s one of the few—if not…
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One day, things begin to change. You don’t remember exactly when, but they do. You start getting out of bed a little slower, a little more reluctantly…
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The last time I was in Paris, it rained. When it didn’t rain, it threatened to. This was in October, so leaves were starting to fall from trees, and…
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