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  • Addendum to: Blog posting from 16 May 2017 on poet Naomi Replansky

      Today I read that poet Naomi Replansky died  on 7 January at age 104. Such a long long life. But, still, her passing shocks and leaves me with an ache. Following (in part) lines from her poem THE OASIS – I thought I held a fruit cupped in my hand Its sweetness burst And(…)

  • Long haul, heave haul – Long Covid continues

    More than a year later: Still can’t smell or taste properly Rash on knuckle of middle finger Rash above wrist on both arms Shortness of breath Exhaustion after going to my accountant – two flights of steps, two short subway trips – spent the rest of the day and night in bed. New names for(…)

  • A quote and two images

    [image by Yosha Bunko] [image by Johanne Randen] ‘The persistence of the past is one of those tragic/comic blessings which each new age denies coming cock-sure onto its stage to mouth its claim to a perfect novelty. But no age is so new as that.” from The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

  • Not so new addiction – XXI

    The Dogs of Tithwal (stories) by  Saadat Hasan Manto The Short Stories of Rabindranath Tagore by Rabindranath Tagore Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Can’t and Won’t (short short stories) by Lydia Davis Signs and Wonders (short stories) by Alix Ohlin We Want What We Want (short stories) by Alix Ohlin The Years by Annie Ernaux (translated(…)

  • All roads lead to ….. acupuncturists

    Intake: Initial visit – 9/15/22 Going: Uptown E to Lexington ave, Changed to Uptown 6 to 68th Street Coming: Downtown Q to 14th Street, crosstown L to 8th Ave, Uptown C to 23rd Street Sundry walking total: 1.9 mile Visit #1 – 9/20/22 Going: Uptown C to 72nd (M72) Street, crosstown bus to 2nd Avenue(…)

  • Not so new addiction XX

    The World in a Grain, The story of sand by Vince Beiser Half Gods (short stories) by Akil Kumarasamy The Boiling River Adventure and discovery in the Amazon by Andrés Ruzo Where the Water Goes, Life and death along the Colorado River by David Owen Disappointment River, Finding and losing the Northwest Passage by Brian(…)

  • Not so new addiction XIX

    Ashes in my mouth, Sand in my shoes (short stories) by Per Petterson Darkness Visible by William Styron A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul (second reading) The Aspern Papers by Henry James A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth; 4.6 Billion Years in Twelve Pithy Chapters by Henry Gee Good Trouble(…)

A quote and two images

[image by Yosha Bunko] [image by Johanne Randen] ‘The persistence of the past is one of those tragic/comic blessings which each new age denies coming cock-sure onto its stage to mouth its claim to a perfect novelty. But no age is so new as that.” from The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

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Not so new addiction – XXI

The Dogs of Tithwal (stories) by  Saadat Hasan Manto The Short Stories of Rabindranath Tagore by Rabindranath Tagore Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Can’t and Won’t (short short stories) by Lydia Davis Signs and Wonders (short stories) by Alix Ohlin We Want What We Want (short stories) by Alix Ohlin The Years by Annie Ernaux (translated(…)

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Not so new addiction XX

The World in a Grain, The story of sand by Vince Beiser Half Gods (short stories) by Akil Kumarasamy The Boiling River Adventure and discovery in the Amazon by Andrés Ruzo Where the Water Goes, Life and death along the Colorado River by David Owen Disappointment River, Finding and losing the Northwest Passage by Brian(…)

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Not so new addiction XIX

Ashes in my mouth, Sand in my shoes (short stories) by Per Petterson Darkness Visible by William Styron A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul (second reading) The Aspern Papers by Henry James A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth; 4.6 Billion Years in Twelve Pithy Chapters by Henry Gee Good Trouble(…)

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Not so new addiction XVIII

The Braided River, A Journey along the Brahmaputra by Samrat Choudhury One Day We’ll all be Dead and None of this Will Matter (essays) by Scaachi Koul The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories (short stories) by P.G. Wodehouse The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley Classic Women’s Short Stories by Kate Chopin,(…)

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Not so new addiction XVII

Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit The Possessed by Elif Batuman Letters of note: Fathers by Shaun Usher Smoke by Ivan Turgenev  (second reading) To Be a Man (short stories) by Nicole Krauss Medusa’s Ankles (short stories) by A. S. Byatt English Literature (study guide) by Benjamin W. Griffin, Ph.D. All that Man is (stories) by(…)

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