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A 25-Year-Old’s Diary Entries From Early December, 1976

Wednesday, December 1, 1976

11 PM. I just got home. Tonight, in a change of pace, I went with Dad, Marc and Bunny to a basketball game at Nassau Coliseum. 4,183 more words

Review Fridays: Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Joan Didion is not for those who are romantically nostalgic for the past, those who would ignore the facts in favor of what they imagine it was like in 1960s America. 600 more words

Book Review

Changes (or some thoughts on Orwell's 1984)

I realized, yesterday, that I would like to change the title of a series of posts I do called “My Life Through Books”. I think the title is clumsy, and I actually believe that what I say about my realisations is often true for others as well. 309 more words



It has been a little quiet here lately. Moving back and forth between Amsterdam and the mountains means moving through huge energy shifts. The silence and power of the mountain and the quick pace and turmoil of the city, I love them both, it makes life rich, but also hectic again I feel. 213 more words

My Favorite Essay to Teach: On Keeping A Notebook — by Jessica Handler

My essay choices change with the class; summer workshop students always read Jo Ann Beard’s “The Fourth State of Matter,” the perfect essay to dissect when learning how to write effectively about great loss without self-indulgence. 24 more words

Why Stories Matter

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live…We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. 452 more words