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20,000 Words

My son Tom recently gave me a book titled 20,000 Words, Sixth Edition, “Spelled and Divided for Quick Reference.” Just the words. No definitions. No history. But they are in alphabetical order. And stories lurk in each group of words. … Continue reading

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A Photo of Clouds Is Almost a Crime

Bertolt Brecht’s An die Nachgeborenen, first published in 1939 To Those Who Follow It’s true, I live in dark times! . . . What times are these when A photo of clouds is almost a crime Because it entails silence … Continue reading

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The Foot of Don Juan de Oñate

The man who cut off the foot of the Don Juan de Oñate statue in Alcade, New Mexico 20 years ago has come forth with the booty ( pun intended). Today the New York Times is reporting that the man it calls … Continue reading

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Hommage à John Ashbery

I’ve been working on the standing metaphor in John Ashbery’s “The New Spirit” (from his Three Poems). Now we get word that Ashbery has passed on. His poetry remains like an old photograph to “. . . show the event. It … Continue reading

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“Bucket of Tits”: A Labor Day Story from IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME

Combing my hair after a shower, I finger a thick scar on my forehead and remember a summer’s night on a drilling site between cotton fields outside Eloy, Arizona. A pump had lost pressure because of worn gaskets, and we … Continue reading

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“It was twenty years ago today . . .”: Celebrity and Immortality

  Paris, 30 August 1997   “Louis Quatorze est mort en . . . en . . . en . . .”   “Oui! Oui! Oui! Oui!, says the old man’s friend quickly, hoping to forestall a lecture.”   It is … Continue reading

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Clouds

My friend and colleague Jenna Nigro alerted me to the fact (reported in The New York Times Magazine, July 23, 2017) that Elvis Presley, while driving some associates through Arizona, saw the face of Joseph Stalin in a cloud. That … Continue reading

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Dental Saga: Part Two

On April 4, I went to the dentist for a root canal after intense pain all weekend. After 30 minutes of drilling and grinding the dentist stopped and sat me up and said he was having trouble finding one canal. I … Continue reading

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Alex Caldiero: Astrophysicist at Large

This morning I began reading a manuscript Alex gave me last week. He has been reproducing his notebooks, most recently the three-volume set from 2005: “It rains even on who’s wet.” I posted photos of several earlier reproductions here. This, however, … Continue reading

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Žarko Radaković: Art Critic and Photographer

I wrote earlier about notebooks, specifically about the notebooks of Peter Handke, Žarko Radaković, and Alex Caldiero — three writers whose work I admire and for whose friendship I am grateful. 107 images cut from Handke’s notebooks — cut out … Continue reading

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