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How Markets Fail. John Cassidy.

Cassidy, John. How Markets Fail. Penguin New York, 2009. NF; 12/22. As I mentioned in my review of Lanchester’s I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay I not only can’t do simple arithmetic, I also despair of … Continue reading

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Chip War. Chris Miller.

Miller, Chris. Chip War. Scribner New York, 2022. NF; 12/22. Don’t let the awkward title fool you. This is about the geopolitical effect of semiconductors, not competition between McDonald’s and Burger King. I read nonfiction among stories and novels either … Continue reading

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Mary Coin. Marisa Silver.

Silver, Marisa. Mary Coin. Penguin Random House (Blue Rider), 2013. F; 10/13. I ran across this author reading her powerful short story Tiny Meaningless Things in the New Yorker (October 24, 2022). Silver has published collections of short stories but … Continue reading

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La Mercerie, New York.

December 2022 This superficially classy French place is a large venue on a corner in South Soho near Canal Street. There are lots of tables in a covered and heated outdoor patio along the sidewalk which we see in lots … Continue reading

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Minetta Tavern, New York

December 2022 We were only at this place for a short time because of wanting to get in line for a fabulous jazz concert a couple of blocks away at the Blue Note. But it’s a true to life old … Continue reading

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Casa Mono, New York.

December 2022 This lovely Spanish spot near Union Square just north of Greenwich Village was recommended by a friend of our daughter as one of New York’s best and that turned out to be a fair approximation. I was surprised … Continue reading

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Tuscany49

New York December 2022 First night in the big city we had chosen this little spot close to our hotel and the hotel staff recommended it as well. It has the ambience of a real Italian dive that has been … Continue reading

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The Tortilla Curtain. TC Boyle.

Boyle, T C. The Tortilla Curtain. Penguin New York, 1995. F; 11/22. I think this is the third book I’ve read by this author and I’ve reviewed two of them. Boyle is incredibly prolific, 12 short story collections and 18 … Continue reading

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Gabrielle Zevin.

Zevin, Gabrielle. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Penguin Random House, New York, 2022. F; 10/22. This story is a real find and so is the author. Thanks, Johanna, for lighting the way. Zevin is a Harvard English graduate and this … Continue reading

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Unspeakable Things. Kathleen Spivack.

Spivack, Kathleen. Unspeakable Things. Knopf, New York, 2016. F;10/22. A Paris Review (Fall 2022) contained a page of prose-poetry by this author that sent me looking for more and this novel looked like what I wanted. Spivack is 84 and … Continue reading

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