Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy 2012


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The Ghost of Christmas Past

Subtitled: Christmas Eve 2010, the Sacred and the Profane. First we went to church. Then we had a dance party. Merry Christmas, wherever you find yourself this year.

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Before the waters of Christmas close over me

I’ve been anticipating Christmas, some might say dreading it, since last summer. And now, almost suddenly despite its protracted inevitability (as J’s dad writes in his annual holiday masterpiece, “We are just shy of Thanksgiving, but as usual the holiday … Continue reading

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Mr. Maxwell

A year or so ago a friend turned me on to Sarah Waters, and I was totally taken in by her fiction. She’s contemporary, so I read her with the conscious anticipation of what’s next, knowing — figuring — that … Continue reading

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Lost in translation

On the RER B line headed to l’aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle.

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Astonishment in the Head

For six months I have been working my way through my college professor Suzanne Marrs’s new book, What There Is to Say We Have Said: the Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell.  At the end of Approaching Eye Level, … Continue reading

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What’s this?

It’s the side of the Louvre no one ever sees. Here are a few shots of the better known facades, from our stroll through the cours (Carrée, Napoléon). And the Institut de France from the Louvre.

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