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Archive for 2006

a realism

Frenchman’s dream

fragment from the shower


knees on a train

the train to Sacramento

family albums

cricket, criticism, & Clytaemnestra

the first

unknown child, ca. 1885

the second

the second

the third

Unnamed man, ca. 1885

notes on reading: social

19th century London & medieval Iceland


foot prints on a beach

the fourth

Mallie and Emma Curtis

the fifth

Unnamed woman, 1886

A view (17)

with polish

the sixth

Unnamed man, ca. 1885

the way to wealth

the cow as an object of taste


springtime and Cyprus

natural selections

Thomas Malthus waxes sentimental

lines written in Oregon

by Nabokov

quite literally


translator’s note

some people get cranky about Hegel


about the weather and teaching English as a Foreign (or second) language

return to stacks

books, libraries, and necromancy

A view (18)

watching the rain.

the seventh

Unnamed woman, ca. 1885


After about two hours of reading or discussion, we would go for a walk and then have tea at Lyons, or in the restaurant above the Regal cinema. Sometimes he came to my house in Searle street for supper. Once after supper, Wittgenstein, my wife and I went for a walk on Midsummer Common. We […]


At the long dinner table laid in the garden were the various traveling guests, the grown-up daughters, and the younger children with their governess. The countess presided over the usual European dinner served by men, but the count and the daughter, who had worked all day in the fields, ate only porridge and black bread […]


Lot where the Old Faubion House used to be

enemy action

Cataloguing one’s home library has its good points. Entering in ISBNs and publication information is a wonderful way to devour time. One also gets a chance really to look at one’s books; one so seldom has the opportunity. One buys the book, sometimes one even reads it,1 and then it goes on the shelf, jumbled […]

Raw Materials

The hand press printer should make his own ink, as the painter should make his own paints. Ink is not a raw material. Oils and pigments are the raw material of ink; patience in grinding is the only virtue required in the craftsman. Of patience there is this to be said. To be patient is […]

social ethics

An exaggerated personal morality is often mistaken for a social morality, and until it attempts to minister to a social situation its total inadequacy is not discovered. To attempt to attain a social morality with a basis of democratic experience results in a loss of the only possible corrective and guide, and ends in an […]


The trouble with epigraphy. A fog has settled in for the winter and, although the café is warm and bright, the bustle and noise merely accentuate the drizzle and dark outside. It is my favorite time of year. It feels right to be inside, to be making things with my hands and reading books. Not […]

Cold Fish

It was a most comfortable house to visit. Gertrude Stein liked it, she could stay in her room or in the garden as much as she liked without hearing too much conversation. The food was excellent, scotch food, delicious and fresh, and it was very amusing meeting all of the Cambridge dignitaries. We were taken […]

sugar daddy

Good writers are so rare that if I were a critic, I would only try to point out what I think makes them reliable and enjoyable. For how can anyone explain the mystery of creation? Hemingway can take any amount of criticism – from himself; he is his own severest critic, but, like all his […]

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