The Bird

Looks like Esperanza is here to stay, at least for a while. More tomorrow, especially on productive HELEN.


Libby has quit the PO.With some adjustments, the financial blow may not be that bad. And I can’t tell you how liberating it is. I believe she has lost 20 points of blood pressure. The off- label “Gila monster drug” has not proved revolutionary. Though I will finish it and it improves things marginally, no …

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Old Times

A tribute to my bouncer, or as we usually said “doorman” days in Cambridge and Somerville, and yes it was that bad . I was known as “the mean little one who looks like Jim Morrison”. I was not “mean”; it is just that at 5′ 8″ I could not LOOM like my Alberta- born …

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News from old friends

Annie  Proulx just got an award, the Medal for Distinguished Contirbution to American Letters, by the National Book Foundation. The award, which recognizes a a lifetime of literary achievment, cites her ” deep reverence for the beauties and complexities of rural America.” The photo , from the Grauniad (Guardian) is nice too: She remains unimpressed. …

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