Category Archives: Books and Reading

2018 Reading Recap: books that made my heart beat faster.

I can be made perfectly happy by long books in which almost nothing happens. In general, the longer and the nothinger, the better. After all, there’s quite enough drama in the chicken yard to satisfy my need for suspense. But … Continue reading

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A different kind of travel: the 2018 book list.

Let’s put a bookmark in the river cruise for a bit – time to do the annual reading retrospective. To make it just a bit less jarring, we’ll start with four books from the 2018 reading list that echoed places we … Continue reading

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Saturday. In the Park. With Fred, Calvert & Jacob.

My favorite place in NYC is Central Park. And my favorite place in Central Park is Bethesda Terrace. I silently paid my respects to park creators Frederick Law Olmsted & Calvert Vaux this morning, saluting their signpost as I crossed … Continue reading

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Reading Recap: At Tens and Elevenses

I was going to entitle this the Top Ten, but I must have been at tens and elevenses that day. Because it turns out that it is actually ten plus one that crowd the tippy-top of my list. One so … Continue reading

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Reading Recap: My Lucky 13

Oh, I am a jaded reader. Even time-honored classics don’t make my top ten these days. But after the way I savaged some people’s favorite books and then summarily dismissed others, this should surprise no one. I’m a slow reader and time … Continue reading

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