Category Archives: Books

The Books: Essays of E.B. White, “The Ring of Time”

Next book on my essays bookshelf: Essays of E. B. White Written in 1956, this essay is about one of E.B. White’s Florida sojourns. He is in Sarasota, and he soaks up all of the differences between Florida climate and … Continue reading

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The Books: Essays of E.B. White, “Here Is New York”

Next book on my essays bookshelf: Essays of E. B. White New York is one of the most evocative of cities. You could fill a library with works addressing its particular charms/annoyances/character. Like Paris, it exists as a symbol, as … Continue reading

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An Ode to E.B. White and a Very Special Teacher

I post this every year at the beginning of the school year, in honor of all the teachers out there – the teachers I know, and the teachers I’ve had. Here is my favorite teacher-story of all. You make a … Continue reading

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The Books: Essays of E.B. White, “The Geese”

Next book on my essays bookshelf: Essays of E. B. White “Geese” is a perfect example of what E.B. White does like no other. It is difficult to pinpoint from where the magic emanates. It is difficult to actually label … Continue reading

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The Books: Essays of E.B. White, “Coon Tree”

Next book on my essays bookshelf: Essays of E. B. White Obviously, E.B. White felt an affinity for animals, and observed them at close range, during his years running a small farm in Maine. You can feel that background knowledge … Continue reading

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The Books: Essays of E.B. White, “The Eye of Edna”

Next book on my essays bookshelf: Essays of E. B. White E.B. White sent in dispatches to The New Yorker (and other magazines, but primarily The New Yorker) from his farm in Maine. He wrote about the rhythms of the … Continue reading

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The Books: Essays of E.B. White, “Good-bye to Forty-eighth Street”

Next book on my essays bookshelf: Essays of E. B. White Growing up, E.B. White’s children’s books, Charlotte’s Web, Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little were hugely formative influences. I read them over and over and over again. I … Continue reading

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Vacation Books

I had brought Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon on vacation with me, which I am loving re-reading, as well as Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honor, which I have never read and am in love with already. It’s already … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Victor Serge: Pictures from an Inquisition’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Considering my long-standing fascination with all things Stalin, the fact that I had never read Victor Serge’s work was a major disconnect. I know his name came up in everything I … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Once Upon a Time in Germany’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens A couple things. The following is Hitchens’ review of the German film The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), which obviously was right in Hitchens’ wheelhouse. He called it one of the best … Continue reading

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