Monthly Archives: July 2016


From Ann Szedlecki (1925-2005), Album of My Life (2009), in relation to neigbours in Lodz, Poland, in the 1930s, who litigated to destruction of her family circumstances at the time: All this trouble was caused by God-fearing people, who took … Continue reading

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From The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (1996): In all memory there is a degree of fallenness; we are all exiles from our own pasts, just as, on looking up from a book, we discover anew our banishment from … Continue reading

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Academic Black Death

In relation to the Retraction Watch website, to which both Neil Remington Abramson and I subscribe, Neil commented as follows: It’s depressing to see so much cheating. Academic research has always assumed honesty on the part of the researchers reporting … Continue reading

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Frustration, Intention

So it is found near the sidewalk. Thought it was some skateboarder trying some flip and the board shattering on a curb. Wondering why not taken away to recycle the wheels, at least. Then seeing the symmetry. Not just thrown … Continue reading

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Freighted Craft

From The Debt to Pleasure, by John Lanchester (1996): There are certain types of conversation, certain varieties of self-awareness, which only take place in restaurants, particularly those bearing on the psychodynamics of relationships between couples, who (frequent solitary diner-out that … Continue reading

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Came across 1998 article by Jacki Leroux, with photos by Tony Caldwell. Part two of a five-part series on “The Great Divide“. This one called “The Gaza Strip: Mortal Enemies”, as published in the Ottawa Sun, November 5, 1998, pp. … Continue reading

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Life Out

It was all out on the street, up the street. Not quite like the above. No person sitting, in shock. They had already been moved away. Knew them, for decades. This was the rest of the family, throwing out whatever … Continue reading

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