Here’s one that nearly got away. I’d read a couple of Bill Bryson’s books and decided to pass on “One Summer: America, 1927.” Then, thankfully, my book club picked it.
Bryson calls up all the stunning things that happened in 1927: a long and varied list (more…)
April Fool’s Day is two weeks away so I’m making a case for foolishness. I’m citing droll writings from the distant past, things our grandparents chuckled at, maybe even our great-grandparents. READ
April Fool’s Day is two weeks away so I’m making a case for foolishness. I’m citing droll writings from the distant past, things our grandparents chuckled at, maybe even our great-grandparents.
I’m doing mini-reviews of the dozen titles my library book club read last year. The opinions are mine alone.
2016. The years tick by like that stopwatch on “60 Minutes.” As I did last year, I’m reviewing the 2015 selections from the Southold Free Library Book Club. The opinions are mine and mine alone. READ
Christmas is knocking at the door again. The excitement never seems to go away, maybe not as intense as when I was 7 or 10 or even 13, but the feelings are still in me. I hope they’re still within you as well. READ
On a May day, 70 years ago, World War II ended in Europe. Myriad books have been written, among the best “The Liberation Trilogy” by Rick Atkinson, which take us across Africa to Tunisia, into Sicily, through Italy and on to the Normandy beaches and Berlin. Atkinson clearly details the strategies, the tactics, the battles, but his gift lies in humanizing those who participated, those who were there. (The trilogy’s titles are “An Army at Dawn,” “The Day of Battle” and “The Guns at Last Light.”) (more…)
April Fools’ Day was a while back so I’m writing about April Foolishness. If you find anything serious in this, call the authorities.
Blond guy answers the phone, listens and says, “It certainly is” and hangs up. Seconds later the same thing happens: “It certainly is,” he says again. After the third time his wife asks what’s going on. He says, “Someone keeps saying, ‘It’s a long distance from Seattle.’ ” (more…)
Just missed St. Patrick’s Day but I’m doing Irish stuff anyway. Before I continue you should know I’m going nowhere near Joyce’s “Ulysses,” which I keep in cold storage alongside “Beowulf.” (more…)
January has disappeared around the corner, taking with it the shreds of hundreds, maybe thousands, of New Year’s resolutions. I think any resolution that lasted, say, 13 days, was successful — that’s 13 days fewer of some persistent, distressing habit. (more…)