Category Archives: memoir

losing one’s past

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0“The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views … Continue reading

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Washington memories

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent this morning in DC (speaking at the Woodrow Wilson Center) and was back in my new home of Boston by mid-afternoon. It was a two metro-system day. DC is where I lived from age 22 … Continue reading

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“the buzzy philosophy element”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m spending occasional moments cleaning out my office after 15 years. It’s an excavation into the forgotten past. For example, I had no recollection of this letter from a British editor. The subject is Something to Hide, … Continue reading

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a strange journey

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I had an invitation to attend a conference at Ditchley, a Georgian mansion in Oxfordshire, early last December. On my way to Dulles Airport, I learned that my father was in some danger; a cancer that we … Continue reading

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chamber music

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last Saturday in Syracuse, my Mom and I heard the Rossetti String Quartet play works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Debussey. Such events always provoke nostalgia for me, because chamber music used to play a very important role … Continue reading

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Joseph M. Levine

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Syracuse, NY) My Dad, Joe Levine, died at 6:50 am today after a long struggle with cancer that gave him many trials and indignities. I have some misgivings about using a blog to write about his death. … Continue reading

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German memories

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last winter, we took a quick family vacation to a small town in Bavaria. This was my first serious stay in Germany, although I’d been to Austria before. Specifically, we chose to visit a town in Franconia, … Continue reading

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digital nativism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Wisconsin) I am not a “digital native,” someone who grew up with computers from infancy. Instead, I am an immigrant to the land of the digital–but I arrived here early. In mid-elementary school, my Mom took me … Continue reading

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portrait of a library

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last April, I posted a poem that Stephen Dunn wrote about the home in which I was raised–a home most remarkable for the 30,000 books that my Dad has collected and used for his scholarship. People liked … Continue reading

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Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 Here’s our mapping class, a bunch of kids between the ages of 13 and 15 who are interviewing a former chair of the County Council about how to improve their public school system. (I show a … Continue reading

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