New addiction III

– continued – Downtown by Pete Hamill Caesar’s Legion: Epic Saga of Julius Caesar and the armies of Rome by Stephen Dando-Collins Pole to Pole by Michael Palin Full Circle by Michael Palin Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin Peony by Pearl Buck Gimpel the Fool by I.B.Singer What I Hate: From(…)


New addiction II

–continued — The Long Haul:  A trucker’s tale of life on the road by Finn Murphy Inferno from The Diving Comedy by Dante Have Dog, Will Travel: A poet’s  journey with his dog by Stephen Kusisto The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky South: A memoir of endurance by Sir Ernest Shackleton Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked(…)


Wrestling for

“ … After revising “Speak Memory” Nabokov would spend his last decade moving further away from the world, falling deeper into his created universes. His relative isolation in his portable Winter Palace in Montreux separated him from many of the mundane settings and human interactions that had provided a compelling present within which he could(…)


A new addiction

Not nose drops. Not chocolates. Not cashmere sweaters. Not roulette. Not porno. Not showering. Not hand-wringing. Not nit-picking. Not hair-twirling. Not pistachio nuts. Not long drives along the Oregon coast. Not $25 foot rubs.  It’s affecting my brain and body, it’s compulsive; has disrupted my social life. Question: If left untreated over time, will it(…)