From the category archives:


nothing says “the holidays” like nepotism

November 9, 2013

…and what more appropriate time to celebrate my family than as Thanksgiving approaches. Halloween is behind us, and I am in no way encouraging any of you to put up Christmas decorations. All in good time. (It has been fun to scheme and dream about the perfect Hanukkah/Thanksgiving fusion menu. I propose latkes with Mama […]

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The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart

November 5, 2013

The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart How astonishing it is that language can almost mean, and frightening that it does not quite. Love, we say, God, we say, Rome and Michiko, we write, and the words get it all wrong. We say bread and it means according to which nation. French has no word for […]

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don’t hurry

October 24, 2013

You come to reading books late in life. Don’t worry if you see the young ones ahead of you. Don’t hurry. You’re tired and ready to quit? Let your hands play music.    —Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

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“Therein…lies the richness of reading”

October 3, 2013

In his brief, memorable novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid reminds us of the true relationship between readers and writers. Like all books, this…book is a co-creative project. When you watch a TV show or movie, what you see looks like what it physically represents. A man looks like a […]

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“Which system is superior: to learn more or to learn better?”

September 30, 2013

From The Conscious Ear: My Life of Transformation Through Listening, Alfred Tomatis: We advise the child when he leaves us to continue reading at home every day, in a loud, clear voice. I mentioned earlier the importance I attach to this exercise. It is not only those who suffer, or have suffered, from dyslexia who […]

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let the love that you are be what you do

July 10, 2013

We were recently blessed to welcome the newest member of our extended family. Since then he’s been turning up everywhere.

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May all your fictions be forbidden…

June 25, 2013

Well, perhaps not. This week in The Public Humanist I discuss sisters, sin and sibilance, or maybe it’s husbands and Humberts, or 50 Shades and forbidden fictions, or just Lo-lee-ta…

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walk around feeling like a leaf

June 8, 2013

Wise words, in her beautiful hand, from poet and writer Naomi Shihab Nye.

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my kind of grafitti

June 4, 2013

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Drowning (Swimming?) in Books

May 30, 2013

Latest essay for The Public Humanist, in which I discuss our little “book problem.” Part one of many, I should imagine.

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