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The Doomsday Machine. Daniel Ellsberg.

Ellsberg, Daniel. The Doomsday Machine. Bloomsbury, New York 2017. NF;9/18 Ellsberg is now 87 and still going strong. There is no question that he is an anti-war and anti-nuclear extremist, but he is very well-informed and has been near enough … Continue reading

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Conversations With Friends. Sally Rooney.

Rooney, Sally. Conversations With Friends. Faber & Faber, London, 2017. F; 9/18. Mixed feelings, mostly positive. I was hooked by an excerpt that appeared in Granta from Rooney’s latest novel Normal People. The characters were interesting and that later novel … Continue reading

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Fogo de Chao, Portland, Oregon.

September 2018. We were searching for a good steak house in this famously-foodie town for our second night after a lovely meal at Ava Jean’s, a highly-recommended Italiano place. This was the one that still had reservations available at a … Continue reading

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Ava Jean’s. Portland, Oregon.

September 2018. This Italian spot was recommended in review websites, and we chose it as one of a couple of destinations on a weekend in this famously groovy town. The Uber ride over was like something in Latin America or … Continue reading

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Dog Run Moon. Callan Wink.

Wink, Callan. Dog Run Moon. Penguin Random Houjse, New York, 2016. F;8/18. Following my pattern of picking up published works of writers whose short fiction I’ve run across in a periodical looks good, I started this short story collection after … Continue reading

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I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay. John Lanchester.

Lanchester, John. I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay. McClelland and Stewart, New York, 2010. NF; 8/18. Innumeracy is a terrible curse. Although I memorized my way through medical school and can write a respectable expository article, … Continue reading

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The Debt to Pleasure. John Lanchester.

Lanchester, John. The Debt to Pleasure. Picador, London. 1996. F;8/18. I was impressed enough by Lanchester’s article in the July 23, 2018 New Yorker that I read two of his books (this one and I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and … Continue reading

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