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2023 Books Read

I think I might have read more books by non-American authors than American this year. Countries represented below: Austria, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Croatia, Ireland, France, Russia, Colombia. I revisited some old favorites, which I will continue to do in … Continue reading

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2021 Books Read

I lived at three addresses this year. I moved twice. In the middle of a pandemic. It’s been a year of upheaval, transition, as well as endurance. For most of this year, the majority of my stuff was in storage. … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

It’s been a while. Been a very busy summer. Family vacation as we do every year. Reunions with family after the lockdown. Tears when hugging aunts and uncles. New job, new digs, lots of change. Lots of writing too! Less … Continue reading

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2020 Books Read

What a year, huh. What a dumpster-fire year. I read a lot, mostly in the mornings, and it helped create rituals for the days, which often seemed endlessly the same, interchangeable. I read a lot of long and challenging books … Continue reading

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Czeslaw Milosz on the “Conspiracy of Silence”

“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” – dissident poet – and immigrant to America – Czeslaw Milosz, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. You can read … Continue reading

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Hitchens on Milosz: Must-Read

Christopher Hitchens on Czeslaw Milosz. I posted a brief thing on poet Milosz when he died – and I’ve read a lot of obituaries, etc., but Hitchens’ is the one to read.

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R.I.P., Czeslaw Milosz

Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz has died, at the age of 93. Strange, but my eyes filled up with tears when I heard. His poetry has always meant a great deal to me – and I am thankful to my sister … Continue reading

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Conspiracy of Silence

In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot. — Czeslaw Milosz, in his Nobel acceptance speech

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