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Author Archives: Joel
I come out of long retirement to share this remarkable blurb from NPR.org: Sarah Wendell of the blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has discovered a fatal flaw in Optical Character Recognition, a text-recognition program used to quickly scan printed books and put … Continue reading
There is no month in the whole year, in which nature wears a more beautiful appearance than in the month of August. Spring has many beauties, and May is a fresh and blooming month, but the charms of this time … Continue reading
After I posted a quote from Barack Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope, my brother asked me if I thought he wrote it himself, or if he had “guidance”. I told him, “I don’t know, I’ve been thinking about that … Continue reading
A maze made out of books would have been cool enough. But if I’m interpreting these photos correctly, the maze is based on Jorge Luis Borges’s fingerprint. I may be wrong, but if so, my wrongness is so great!
Denial, anger, bargaining, despair–I’m not sure I went through all the stages prescribed by the experts. At some point, though, I arrived at acceptance–of my limits, and, in a way, my mortality. I refocused on my work in the state … Continue reading
“Oh, Bertie. Do you read Rosie M. Banks’s novels?” she asked. I was a bit surprised at her changing the subject like this, but equally relieved. A talk about current literature, I felt, might ease the strain. These booky chats … Continue reading
Happy Belated Bastille Day! (It was yesterday.) I hope you are, like I am, pulling out your copy of A Tale of Two Cities. The latest Batman adaptation was, it turns out, at least partly inspired by Dickens’s oft-mandated book. According … Continue reading