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is it possible (or desirable) to hold two divergent opinions at the same time?

“I suppose you have forgotten that many weeks ago I promised to send you an account of my companions at the Wells . ….

“One of the greatest men of the society was Sim Scruple, who lives in a continual equipoise of doubt, and is a constant enemy to confidence and dogmatism. 2,915 more words

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genealogical notes: Hart family of Southeastern Massachusetts

Posted here in the form of downloadable Word file (below) are extensive notes I compiled over the course of several years on my New England Hart family ancestors. 123 more words

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some thoughts about the criminal justice system

Posted on the New York Times website yesterday in response to an article in the Times about the decision to deny parole to Judith Clark, who was convicted of felony murder for her involvement in the 1981 Brink’s robbery and was sentenced to 75 years to life imprisonment. 836 more words

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thoughts about Chekhov

Elisabeth Vandermeer has a wonderful site about Russian literature that has been attracting devotees: “A Russian Affair”


Her posts so far have been included her commentary on Tolstoy; Turgenev; Dostoevsky; Pushkin; Ivan Goncharov’s novel “Oblomov”; and, most recently, Chekhov. 408 more words

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So Similar and Estranged*

Estrangement in families can happen for any number of reasons, really. Sometimes they happen for specific reasons, and sometimes it’s more a matter of drifting apart. 1,336 more words

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let them frolic!

“Sunday: we make it the dullest day in the week when it might be made the cheeriest. Will the people ever come to base ball, plays, concerts, yacht races, on Sundays? 152 more words

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Roger W. Smith, "On Rereading Theodore Dreiser’s 'An American Tragedy' "

This post is also available as a downloadable Word document (below).

I don’t have a Ph.D. and lack the academic qualifications of many literary scholars, yet I have a broad and deep knowledge of literature from a lifetime of reading. 1,158 more words

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