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Reading is Fundamental

Teacher Appreciation Week has come and gone.  I missed it!  I have so many wonderful things to say about my own teachers and teachers like them.  You don’t think they’d mind taking the compliments I have to offer, even if … Continue reading

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The Magic of David Foster Wallace

My first experience with David Foster Wallace was reading Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity.  And when I say “reading” I don’t mean to suggest that I finished the book.  I read the first chapter and threw it … Continue reading

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I had the strange and pleasant experience of watching Tom Stoppard’s 1990 film of his own play, Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead.  It’s a bizarre play, dreamlike and teetering on the edge of absurdist.  The characters of Rosencranz (Gary Oldman, who … Continue reading

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American Food Writing

I just finished a gem of a book, American Food Writing, edited by Molly O’Neill.  Its red and blue gingham cover looks just like a picnic cloth or an old-school Betty Crocker cookbook.  But inside isn’t strange 1960’s style recipes for … Continue reading

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I just finished reading the book Emergence by Steven Johnson.  It is a work of popular science that gives concrete examples of how small, unsophisticated systems can produce very complicated and adaptive larger systems.  Mr. Johnson writes about how many people … Continue reading

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