ArchiveApril 2023

My Personal Canon – Part 2


A slight change of plans. I was supposed to follow last week’s list of non-fiction books with a similar fiction list. That’s proving to be more difficult than I had anticipated, so I’m going to defer for another week. Instead, I’m posting an addendum to the non-fiction list. While scouring our bookshelves for fiction titles, I encountered more non-fiction books that I’m embarrassed to have...

My Personal Canon


Tom Rodriguez was my student at T.H. Rogers School in Houston in the 80s. We reconnected several years ago, to my delight. Recently, he sent me this note, which contains a request which I found, at once, intriguing, flattering and daunting. That he – and his classmates – found the books that I introduced them to forty years ago sufficiently memorable to want more of same is astonishing. Here’s...

Nuremberg to Now


I’ve just finished reading the second of two books by a British lawyer named Phillippe Sands. The books were a gift from a historian friend who knows our tastes well enough to recommend works that will resonate with us. I think I’ve already written about the first, The Ratline, which, among other things, is the story of Sands’ encounter with the sons of two Nazi war criminals, each of whom deals...

The Agenda


It’s a well-worn joke that when people of a certain age gather, the lead off item on the agenda is an “organ recital” – an accounting of aches, pains, maladies, medications, impending surgeries, recoveries from recent surgeries, etc. There’s something reassuring in knowing that your body is not alone in its increasing malfunction. Occasionally, it’s a relief to know that, by comparison...

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