Monthly Archives: March 2012

Be Yourself

            A couple of weeks ago I blogged about a Pittsburgh interviewer, and this time I’ll spell his name right, Paul guggenheimer.  Today he was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Two things struck me in the biographical sketch.  First, of … Continue reading

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Bringing down the Neighborhood

            This weekend I read poems by Maxine Kumin and Robinson Jeffers.  They’re just excellent and inspiring, although I don’t want to reread my own writing too soon afterward or the inspiration goes, and self-loathing enters. Jeffers wrote about a … Continue reading

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Definition of happiness

            I just read some formulas for happiness by the philosopher Epictetus (AD 55-135).  We’re to know what we can control, i.e., our likes and dislikes, and our opinions; everything else is under another’s control apparently.  We’re to understand that … Continue reading

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Andre Previn, Boo! Paul Gugenheimer, Yay! I heard an interview today with Andre Previn, conducted by a local interviewer who is excellent at drawing out his guest with perceptive questions. Previn made me gasp, a word I’ve learned to avoid in literary contexts for overuse and excessive drama. But I clearly gasped, after Previn snapped, “These questions are ridiculous.”

            I heard an interview today with Andre Previn, conducted by a local interviewer who is excellent at drawing out his guest with perceptive questions.  Previn made me gasp, a word I’ve learned to avoid in literary contexts for overuse … Continue reading

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Samuel Johnson, first blogger

            At the coffee shop today Bob wanted to read another Samuel Johnson essay in the Rambler.  I decided that Johnson was the original blogger, claiming as his motto for writing these various essays as: “Sworn to no master’s arbitrary … Continue reading

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