Former Head of Security

  The Major did not chat but with a kiss on the cheek marked each daily encounter.   Surely, we wondered if his temper made us safer: motorcycles, rural landing strips, Putumayo.   Charged as guard of a Colombian Vice-President, a needless Doberman where a Labrador could have barked.   The Major spoke into his speech, […]

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Somewhere, it’s pool time

  While getting Lady Chatterley’s Lover for a friend’s birthday, I found a thin book on David Hockney and couldn’t resist. Thin art books are great because there is a much better chance that you will actually read them. This one is by Peter Clothier, from the Abbeville Modern Masters collection. Above is a nimble […]

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Mishima weather

  The weather today in Bogotá, Colombia reminded me of Yukio Mishima writing about sailors and the sea. So, here is a beautifully nostalgic passage from his book The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea and a picture of Bogotá’s overhanging sky. Related articles Barb on on The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the […]

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Courage with language

In honor of Salman Rushdie’s birthday, I am posting two excerpts from his novel The Satanic Verses. These quotes hope to suggest how deeply Rushdie delves into  questions of identity and language in his novel. They also hope to encourage those who haven’t read his book, to include it in their reading lists. It is […]

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The man who fathered e.e. cummings

To read e.e. cumming’s complete poem, please click here. The link will take you to Poets.org and their deliciously-fed poetry archives. Happy father’s day. Related articles may i feel said he by e.e. cummings (lunainthecity.wordpress.com) ’13′ by E.E. Cummings (thesewordsiwrite2012.wordpress.com) I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E.Cummings – Poetry Reading (euzicasa.wordpress.com) Poetry Day: E.E. […]

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