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The wet and the dry: Niagara Falls and Big Bend

    The volume Big Big includes the story “Big Bend,” awarded the 2001 Flanner O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. The Holland Hotel is across the road from the train station in Alpine, TX, Amtrak’s stop for Big Bend. You’ll need a … Continue reading

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SACONY CIELLA AD IN LIFE MAGAZINE 1949

Is it the pose that makes this picture so striking? Wouldn’t it be a great book cover?  

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“READING IS LIKE THE SEX ACT – DONE PRIVATELY, AND OFTEN IN BED.”

Attributed to Daniel Boorstein, Librarian of Congress 1975-1987 and a historian. I saw this quote on “a good reader imagines” on the tumblr man-reading. The picture below is from the same tumblr, I believe, although the address is menreadningtumblr.com.

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I ALSO BLOG AT streamlinermemories.com.

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Two Thanksgiving Wednesdays

Brookhurst Street wasn’t so busy in the fog as I, a high-school freshman, carried my Bible home from Wednesday evening prayer meeting with my older sister and the church librarian, a young woman with a 10-year-old son and a non-believer … Continue reading

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HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS: HAPPY 50TH TO THE CLASS OF ’66

Todd and I live in Maryland but at Christmas and briefly in summer visit Fullerton, California, where I grew up. This year I’ve made additional visits alone, owing to illness in my family. Waiting in line at the Amerige Heights … Continue reading

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My Poseidon Adventure

A few months before our September 1972 wedding, I and my living-together fiancée (my ex-wife of a few decades now, a soul mate to whom I’m sure I’d still be married if I were straight) smoked a joint and went … Continue reading

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