Archive | November, 2018

Five from Andersen

Five from Andersen for T.G.  
 I see you as the little mermaid barefoot beside someone else’s marriage bed and longing, yearning for that closeness which you will never never never never have. (And dreams of children you will never carry All the voices that never will be heard and the lullabies […]

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Chronological Snobbery about the Middle Ages

  We’ve been reading Men, Microscopes and Living Things, which is a sort of history of biology for children. On the whole I really like the book. It’s well written and engaging. But the chapters on medieval herbalists and medieval bestiaries both raised my eyebrows a bit and sparked some interesting discussions as I questioned […]

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Poetry and Waiting Rooms

The clouds look like they could be snow clouds. But this early in November, probably they won’t shake down any soft feathers upon us. (Though far-away friends on Facebook are proudly sharing photos of white-dusted lawns and even a miniature snowman.) Beneath the clouds’ shadowy canopy the crabapples on the nearly leafless tree are a […]

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Reading Notes October 2018

Finished in October 1. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson I originally read this book ages ago. Maybe when I was in high school or college? I don’t think I liked it very much. So for years whenever anyone recommends it or it comes up in conversation I’ve remembered that I didn’t like it but thought: […]

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