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Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.

John Cheever

It’s been three full days since I moved into my new accommodation, and I thinks its safe to say that I’m very homesick.

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Swimming In The Flood ("The Swimmer" and "Mr. Flood's Party")

There was not much that was ahead of him,
And there was nothing in the town below—
Where strangers would have shut the many doors…

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A clearing in the woods.

Roxbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

I had passed this forlorn tennis court many times and never saw anyone using it. Usually I just gave it a glance as I went past, but this time the light was beautiful and I had some time. 671 more words

What's the point of short stories?

I’m not much of  self promoter. I’m the one who so rarely posts on facebook  that the posts get buried under the avalanche of everybody’s else’s news. 745 more words

Edgar Allan Poe

The Swimmer (1968)

“If you make believe hard enough, it’s true for you…”

When one scours the Burt Lancaster film library, like I did when I cinematically “fell” for the American titan after watching his requisite acclaimed performances in  453 more words


The Swimmer

I was prompted to read John Cheever’s The Swimmer when I reported on the listing of his longtime home in Ossining. His widow died in the house they called Afterwhiles in the spring; he passed away some 30 years ago. 201 more words

What I'm Reading

The Swimmer (1968)

The loneliest lonely-man movie ever made, based on what you’d think would be an unfilmable John Cheever short story: Burt Lancaster is a Connecticut family man who, apropos of nothing, appears in a neighbor’s yard and dives into the pool. 75 more words