What I'm Readng

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“Be sick and tired of yesterday’s self”—Basho, as rendered by Jeff Robbins on basho4humanity. — Pico Iyer (@PicoIyer) January 30, 2019 Nothing I saw when I read Narrow Road to the


@cbcradioq My #culturalresolution is to handwrite & mail a letter a week!📝📬💌 #loveletters #YouveGotMail — Audie Fox (@AudieCantFail) January 7, 2016 The growing list of cultural resolutions shared in response to CBC's Q


Just got started on Ted Merwin's Pastrami on Rye, and already I've run across this passage on the importance of delicatessens— It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the delicatessen—what the

Ted Cruz as Cicero?

The headline at The New Yorker—Obama, Cruz, and Catiline—really got me. I labored over the Catiline orations in high school, and I've actually got a copy of De Senectute next to

The More Things Change...

“I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.” —Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises I wonder how this struck me the


I spotted two suggestions for end-of-year reflection today. In The New York Times, Ross Douthat's op-ed column, Confessions of a Columnist, was an acknowledgement of his "three biggest analytic errors" of