Selected Posts

Ci vuole un fiore
Review: Unplugged (Paul McComas)
Review: Harlot’s Ghost (Norman Mailer)
So a priest, a rabbi, and a rapist walk into a bar…
Now You See Me
Loss of Society and Companionship
Premature Review: Harlot’s Ghost (Norman Mailer)
Chicken and Black Bean Stew (recipe)
Got Politics?
Skill Inflation
On Kennings
Modicae Fidei
Review: Run (Ann Patchett)
How to Thank a Home
Verdi is getting under my skin.
No Such Thing As America
Day of Unknown Languages
Meditations on Cubicle (R)attitude
Meatplantloaf (recipe)
Damn Sneaky New Year
Review: REAMDE (Neal Stephenson)
Review: Room (Emma Donoghue)
Review: The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield)
Review: Old Filth (Jane Gardam)
Thanks but no thanks.
Review: The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
The jury finds the defendant to be a poor composer.
Review: The Diamond Age (Neal Stephenson)
Ground Cherry Chutney
The holidays have started early this year.
Mommie Dearest
Review: Unaccustomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri)
Spicy Peanut Chicken (recipe)
Review: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman)
No Boys Allowed
Tuna Artichoke Pasta with Hot Peppers (recipe)
Tooth Dream
Review: The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
Review: Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)
Mental Clutter
Inappropriate Elimination
Being Polite in Other Languages
Sunday Food (recipe)
A Point of Clarification
Death of a Grammar Nazi
Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (John Le Carré)
Desiderata (poem)
Experimental Punctuation
The Bad Storm
How to Have a Conversation
Review: Bossypants (Tina Fey)
Review: Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lessons from Mandeville
Review: Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
Everything Is Real
To e’er is human…
Standard English
Review: Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
You just can’t win with this planet.
Spider-Burp Juice
In Defense of Bad Weather
Review: Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Review: The Joyous Season (Patrick Dennis)
Maybe it doesn’t matter…maybe it’s the same thing.
Vegetable Orgy Lasagna (recipe)
Review: Nocturnes (Kazuo Ishiguro)
Review: Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders (Lawrence Weschler)
Review: Lady Chatterley’s Lover (D.H. Lawrence)
New Zealand Travelogue
Review: Steering by Starlight (Martha Beck)
Coming to terms with BS.
Review: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
The Children’s Book Revisited
Review: House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
My Dream Closet
Why I am an African American.
Just say NO to democracy!
Review: American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
Review: The Waste Land and Other Poems (T.S. Eliot)
Thoughts on Hildegard
Review: The Children’s Book (A.S. Byatt)
Fake Cassoulet (recipe)
Review: Writing Down the Bones (Natalie Goldberg)
Leda and the Swan (poem)
Review: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Philip Pullman)
Oven Chicken & Vegetables (recipe)
New Year’s Resolutions?
Review: Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
Like watching grass grow.
Review: Crime & Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Siege Log: Day 75
The New Age Crystal Handbook to an Open Mind
Caribbean Pork Soup (recipe)
Review: Julie and Julia (Julie Powell)
Weather Zen
Review: The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
Foreign-language adverbs.
Batter my heart, three-person’d God (poem)
Copycat Pasta (recipe)
Extra-large grade-A free-range organic composer.
Heart-change (poem)
How We Saved the River; or, A Battle with Nature

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