Tag Archives: literature

Shelf Life: Last Place First.

It’s that time again. Hard to believe a year has passed since the last book list. I’m looking forward to sharing my 2015 Top Ten list, but first, you must suffer through the Deep Six list; those books I wish … Continue reading

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First Impressions of Florence

  Dusty and weary after after our day trip to Siena and beyond, we arrived in the narrow streets of Florence during what must have been their rush hour. In the ninety seconds we double-parked on the Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli to … Continue reading

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A Last Look at Rome

It’s hard to let go of Rome. I have such  a jumble of memories: first, the incomprehensible scale of the place and its art – St. Peter’s! The Colosseum! Bernini! The Baths of Caracalla! Then there are the more prosaic … Continue reading

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Tiffany’s, Breakfast: Me, Truman and Michael C. Hall in NYC

The CE had more pressing commitments; I was alone in the city this trip. Being alone in New York City is a far cry from being alone anywhere else because you are surrounded, crushed by humanity and sirens and the … Continue reading

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Post Haste.

I can only write well if I am well-caffeinated, the moon is gibbous, rain has recently fallen in southern California and there are no distractions. So, you see: basically never. And this has been a week of distractions. A few things going … Continue reading

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Use Your Words.

Each day there is a new creak or a new wrinkle. I used to see my reflection in a window and check to see if my hair was perfect. Now I glance and wonder GACK! Who on earth is that … Continue reading

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Beautiful, Beautiful Book Soup, Part III: July through December

In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Mock Turtle sings of “beautiful, beautiful soup”. To me there is none more beautiful than the kind of a little of this and a pinch of that stirred in to make a year’s worth … Continue reading

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Book Soup, Part II: Stirring the Pot, January through June

Nothing is yummier than a big pot of Book Soup. My own recipe involves lots of cooks in the kitchen: I’m in three book clubs, so many of the books I read last year were chosen by others. Sometimes that … Continue reading

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Book Soup, Part 1: My Top Ten Reads of 2014

Life has recently been throwing lemons my way like a ball machine shoots out tennis balls. Thwack! Boom! Ouch! Every time I turn around, it seems, there’s  another big juicy lemon headed straight for me. Do I make lemonade? Nah. I … Continue reading

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Jack London: a Visit to the Valley of the Moon.

Jack London may be the greatest author I’ve never read. Well, almost never – I did read Call of the Wild and yes, it is terrific. But I steadfastly refuse to pick up another of London’s books because he fills … Continue reading

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