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–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 Kuusisto The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky South: A memoir of endurance by Sir Ernest Shackleton Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked(…)

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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(…)

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Ambiance discovered

My visitor from Santa Fe (Melissa) and I, decided to meditate mid-morning before drinking coffee. (Our second  cup of the day, a splurge, carried upstairs in cardboard containers from one of five local coffee-joints on or near my corner ranging in cost from $1.25-$5.00.) That morning we set the timer for fifteen minutes and –(…)

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Rescuing the rescuers

Following, am reprinting a long and thoughtful article from todays NYTimes celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of a book of portraits and text I’ve long admired (actually, revered), for many years. It’s author’s – Gay Block and Malka Drucker (now Rabbi Malka Drucker) – happen to be friends. Their formidable, iconic book “Rescuers”, was(…)

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What was left behind

Twelve days after the death of Gustave Flaubert in May 1880, the official death seals were removed from his door and an inventory of the contents of his rooms was made. Here are a few of his possessions left behind: In the bedroom on the first floor, panama hat top hat red silk cravat 5(…)

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Once upon a brand

I was invited to contribute an essay to a publication called “Once Upon a Brand” – a short reverie about a brand I believed in. My dear friend Dom, its editor, wrote: “… We are now working on Volume Two. The hundred or so contributors will be leaders, achievers, influencers and game-changers from all (well many)(…)

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“Can I … Help!”

Next time a magnanimous impulse impels me to ask – “Can I help in any way?” – I should probably think twice. Here’s the situation: My niece (a personal as well as a world treasure) would be getting married to another (glinting) treasure on June 9th in upstate New York. Of course I wanted to(…)

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