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bad advice

“I judge a book by the impression it makes and leaves in my mind, by the feelings solely as I am no scholar.–—A story that touches and moves me, I can make others read and believe in.–—What I like is conciseness in introducing the characters, getting them upon the stage and into action as quickly as possible.–—Then I like a story of constant action, bustle and motion,–—Conversations and descriptive scenes are delightful reading when well drawn but are too often skipped by the reader who is anxious to see what they do next, and it’s folly to write what will be skipped in reading …. 125 more words

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photos, photos (ears of corn)

I just received a book I had ordered from Amaazon.com: Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour Hersh.

I am eager to read it

Well, I WAS eager to read it. 684 more words

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“I feel really great.”

“I feel really great,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s going to be a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. I think it’s going to be really successful, and I think we will have a terrific relationship. 273 more words

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re “Under the Sun” (a film about North Korea)

Three years ago (it seems like yesterday), I saw a film at the Film Forum in Manhattan: Under the Sun, a documentary film about North Korea. 765 more words

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On Friendships: Forming, Preserving, and (Sometimes) Knowing When to End Them

“For the rest, what we commonly call friends and friendships, are nothing but acquaintance and familiarities, either occasionally contracted, or upon some design, by means of which there happens some little intercourse betwixt our souls. 3,336 more words

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“There is nothing generic about human life.”

I am reading a recently published book by Kate Bowler: Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. Ms. Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School. 1,363 more words

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Sibelius, “Se'n har jag ej frågat mera”


Posted here is a song by Jean Sibelius: “Se’n har jag ej frågat mera” (Since then I have enquired no further).

The text is by Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877). 215 more words

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