Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

I disagree with his conclusion as I love the new translation (and I disavow anything else on the same site, I disavow!), but here Dr. Joshua D. Wilson, a Baptist pastor, analyses the grammar behind the rather radical recent change in English translations of בְּרֵאשִׁית 1:1 from “In the beginning…” to “When God began…”

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

What an internet treasure. Standard Ebooks is — according to their web site — “a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces lovingly formatted, open source, and free public domain ebooks.” These are some beautiful, consistently-designed ebooks. The epub version works a charm in iBooks.

Monday, June 26th, 2017

“A wordy kind of Kardashian Instagram feed, without the self-awareness.” In this perfectly pitched skewering of Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman & Dave Eggers et al’s confrontation of the Occupation in the West Bank, Matti Friedman wonders what it’s all actually about. All this, plus: I don’t think I’ve ever seen such skilful use of the exclamation mark!

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Three hours a day will produce as much as a man ought to write.

Anthony Trollope

Saturday, March 18th, 2017


Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

What sets you apart in high school at 17 makes you a cliché in Brooklyn at 27.

Christian Lorentzen , “Toward a Unified Theory of Joan Didion”

An inviting tour of the Hebrew writer’s oeuvre as Shai Agnon is translated into English. [via aldaily.com]

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

I wake up, read, write, exercise, eat, attend meetings (phone or live), then reverse the process: eat, write, read, and sleep.

James Altucher, Choose Yourself

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Nicholas Dames’s Publications page. The man is Professor of Humanities at Columbia University and a mine of gems.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

“You can’t cross the species barrier but, by bumping up against it, you can learn things.” In The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman surveys ventriloquism of the soul. “Tolstoy’s animals teach us to be good,” he explains. “Joyce’s teach us to be alive.” [via aldaily.com]

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Nice piece on poetic military language with examples from the Israeli, American and British experiences.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Eddie was more than a hero, Mrs Meechum. He was our friend.

Claire Underwood in House of Cards

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Regarding these great pithy quotes typographically set by London-based graphic designer Kyle Robertson, they all look very different but most use the same font: Archer!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Mark Leyner, regarding today, in The Paris Review: “The only reasonable response to this situation is to maintain an implacable antipathy toward everything. Denounce everyone. Make war against yourself. Guillotine all groveling intellectuals. That said, I think it’s important to maintain a cheery disposition.”

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Whiskey and vulva at the Vollmann studio.

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

That is the best part of each writer which has nothing private in it; that which he does not know; that which flowed out of his constitution and not from his too active invention; that which in the study of a single artist you might not easily find, but in the study of many you would abstract as the spirit of them all.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is remarkable that involuntarily we always read as superior beings.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Here’s your treat for today: Montaigne on drunkenness [new link, find it in the contents].

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. The dawn is my Assyria; the sun-set and moon-rise my Paphos, and unimaginable realms of faerie; broad noon shall be my England of the senses and the understanding; the night shall be my Germany of mystic philosophy and dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Andrew O’Hagan on Norman Mailer rather than on A Double Life by J. Michael Lennon, the book he’s supposed to be reviewing. “They had Ancient Evenings, his vast Egyptian tome (I read the first ninety pages) and The Naked and the Dead, which was filled with the word ‘fug’ and seemed both plain and good.”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

David Horovitz interviews Yossi Klein Halevi about his new book, Like Dreamers: The story of the Israeli Paratroopers who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. The friendship between these two gifted greying Anglo-Israelis is warming.

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Read Parul Sehgal, book reviewer extraordinaire.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

It was one of the few times in my life that I realized that the artist is much ahead of me.

Woody Allen, on finally liking Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey the third time around

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Monday, May 7th, 2012

“He was no longer so worried about becoming a man; he felt that to an extent he had become one. But in his heart he wondered if he would ever learn the language of men.” A study of Mad Men‘s Pete Campbell character, interspersed with quotes from Norman Mailer’s immortal short story, “The Language of Men”.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Hopefully this means I can feel a little less sickly, cos I use the term quite a lot.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

On the rise of the ebook and how it’s just another step in the increasing convenience of distributing a written work, just as books typeset on paper are.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Instead of doing the right thing, I will try to say it.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Sometimes luminous, sometimes tedious piece on writing by Sven Birkerts in the increasingly nice Los Angeles Review of Books.

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Two perfect diatribes: Jonathan Lethem on Norman Mailer in the Los Angeles Review of Books, William Deresiewicz on Harold Bloom in The New Republic [seems to require registration now].

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The symphony, the novel, and the end of their affair due to one of them’s demise.

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Walter Russell Mead waxes deep on Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. “…The people and the story of Israel stir some of the deepest and most mysterious reaches of the American soul.”

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Some inside baseball on what happens when AOL buys your client.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Friday, September 10th, 2010

If your work really is your life, and that things like friendship, and language, and travel, and bohemia are also the work, then you really are lucky.

Christopher Hitchens