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Martin Amis’ Night Train

“I have taken a good firm knot and reduced it to a mess of loss ends.” Detective Mike Hoolihan After Martin Amis’ recent death, I came across his Night Train at our neighbourhood bookstore. It was used and discounted so … Continue reading

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Marcus Aurelius (121 AD – 180 AD)

In the center of Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, there’s a statue of Marcus Aurelius who was once Emperor of Rome.  But today he is remembered, in large part, for his journal known as “Meditations” (170-180 AD). These “meditations” were … Continue reading

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Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)   

If I could step into a painting, it would be a painting by Berthe Morisot or Mary Cassatt. They are paintings that talk about women and their spaces. Plus they are very pretty. Mary Cassatt’s parents were not only wealthy, … Continue reading

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Coronation Day


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Tough Translations

Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970) is considered one of Italy’s great modern poets. Like other Futurists, he supported WWI believing a bit of aggressive agitation could help regenerate and energize Italy. So he enrolled in the infantry serving in the trenches. But … Continue reading

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