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Things people said.

“Bid for Connection”

Frank Bruni has written about his personal confrontation with potential loss of vision. In this column he writes of Joel Burcat, an environmental lawyer who has published a debut novel, “Drink to Every Beast,” after becoming legally blind. Bruni celebrates … Continue reading

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The Saving Grace of Dinghies

I have had a soft spot in my heart for the humble dinghy since boyhood. At age 14 I ordered the plans for building a one-design sailing dinghy called the El Toro. Regrettably I never got the thing built, but … Continue reading

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Art… (and Love)

“Art and making things — particularly making things — are essential to our salvation,” [Milton Glaser] said. “I come to work every day and I sit down and I feel so happy, because I’m capable of taking something that exists … Continue reading

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Patrician Passion With an Accent

The drama – featuring the kind of flat, chirruping upper-middle-class English accents that aren’t usually voiced on screen – is intriguing and uncompromisingly high-minded, right on the laugh-with/laugh-at borderline, but interestingly unafraid of mockery. (Peter Bradshaw, “Vita & Virginia review … Continue reading

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“Sagacious Show in a Handsome Shack”

Brice Marden’s artistic and cultural crossing of boundaries is exciting. In the mid-1980s, the abstract painter Brice Marden veered from his early monochromes and grids to calligraphic circuits, inspired by his reading of the… poet Hanshan, or Cold Mountain… Black … Continue reading

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The Dirty Truth

“Ink is the cosmetic that ideas will wear when they go out in public. Graphite is their dirty truth.” (Henry Petroski, pencil historian) (Tim Harford, “Have we all underrated the humble pencil?” http://www.bbc.co.uk, 6-26-19) (c) 2019 JMN

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Piquancy from Iris Murdoch

“Meat is really just an excuse for eating vegetables.” (“The Sea, The Sea,” 1978) “To find a person inexhaustible is simply the definition of love.” (“Under the Net,” 1954 — Murdoch’s first novel) (Quotes are from Dwight Garner, “On the … Continue reading

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