Category Archives: Literature

Sinai Tapestry (off-topic)

Blogs about social issues can become so earnest some times that they occasionally induce bouts of self-righteous ennui.  So, now and again, simple off-topic meanderings are a welcome diversion.  Today I re-stumbled upon this book, almost 40 years after I … Continue reading

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Getting Old Ain’t For Sissies

  I’ve been admitted to the hospital 3 times in the last months, 6 times in the last 5 years.  Makes one ponder mortality, it does.  Which isn’t such a bad thing unless you are 21.  Indeed, it makes you … Continue reading

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Maclean’s is “loosing” it

I am not a spelling or grammar fascist.  I have an over-fondness for ellipses … I am generally tolerant of, if not entirely copacetic with, the idiom of the day … I’ve been known to, occasionally, split infinitives … I … Continue reading

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Jack London

“It is so simple a remedy, merely service.  Not one ignoble thought or act is demanded of any one of all men and women in the world to make fair the world. The call is for nobility of thinking, nobility … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Bernard “Low Life”

“One of the things I loathed most about school, the army and regular employment was the feeling that I was missing something and that in the pubs, clubs, cafés, dives … there was some sort of magic practice that I … Continue reading

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George Orwell: ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’

My story ends here. It is a fairly trivial story, and I can only hope that it has been interesting in the same way as a travel diary is interesting. I can at least say, Here is the world that … Continue reading

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With No Direction Home

“My story ends here. It is a fairly trivial story, and I can only hope that it has been interesting in the same way as a trivial diary is interesting. … At present I do not feel I have seen … Continue reading

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