December 30, 2023

“New Year’s Eve” by Warren Woessner

New Year's Eve 5 p.m., corner booth,Oak Bar, Plaza Hotel,New York City, Centerof the World of allthat matters. Where a Belvedere martini,up with a twist, contemplates youlike a languid gold fishin a clear garden pool,or… Continue Reading

December 1, 2023

“Browning Resolves to Be a Poet” by Jorge Luis Borges

Browning Resolves to Be a Poet In these red London labyrinthsI find that I have chosenthe most curious of human professions,though given that all are curious, in their way.Like alchemistswho looked for the philosopher’s stonein… Continue Reading

June 2, 2023

“What Makes a Good Citizen” by Charles M. Schulz

Back in 1970, all the students in a fifth-grade class at Hawthorne Elementary School in Beverly Hills, California, were asked to write a letter to someone they truly admired, asking "What makes a good citizen?"… Continue Reading

February 3, 2023

“Finish Every Day & Be Done With It” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The American poet and abolitionist Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered a leading light in the Transcendentalist movement of mid-19th Century. In April of 1854, Emerson wrote a letter to his daughter Ellen (who was 15)… Continue Reading

December 30, 2022

“Knowledge is power. France is bacon.”

Back in 2010, on the social news and discussion site Reddit, the topic arose of "What word or phrase did you totally misunderstand as a child?" A user named Lard_Baron has this charming reply which,… Continue Reading

December 22, 2022

New Nazca Lines Almost 2,000 Years Old Uncovered by Archeologists in Peru

A team of researchers led by Professor Masato Sakai of Yamagata University in concert with Peruvian archeologist Jorge Olano has uncovered 168 new geoglyphs on the Nazca Pampa. Using drones and aerial photography, the group… Continue Reading

December 16, 2022

“The Other Tiger” by Jorge Luis Borges

The Other Tiger I think of a tiger. The gloom here makes The vast and busy Library seem lofty And pushes the shelves back; Strong, innocent, covered with blood and new, It will move through… Continue Reading

April 15, 2022

“To a Cat” by Jorge Luis Borges

To a Cat Mirrors are not more silentnor the creeping dawn more secretive;in the moonlight, you are that pantherwe catch sight of from afar.By the inexplicable workings of a divine law,we look for you in… Continue Reading

August 20, 2021

“36 Rules for Writers” by Umberto Eco

36 Rules for Writers 1. Avoid alliterations, even if they’re manna for morons. 2. Don’t contribute to the killing of the subjunctive mode, I suggest that the writer use it when necessary. 3. Avoid clichés:… Continue Reading

July 23, 2021

“20 Rules for Writers” by Stephen King

20 Rules for Writers 1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all… Continue Reading