Monthly Archives: December 2013

Smarts

I’ve never considered myself particularly smart. I have a head full of largely useless information (what’s a reluctant flyer? Know about the divine proportion? Who is Исаак Озимов?) but I’ve never had the conventional shrewdness that knows how to make … Continue reading

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And Now the News

Some days are more thought-provoking than others, speaking of news. A recent Washington Post had an interesting story about an Army general who, during a high-level diplomatic mission to Russia, stayed drunk for the entire time and apparently consorted with … Continue reading

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Madame Sokolov

When I was a kid in Paris, my parents would occasionally ask the one-floor-up neighbor at 3, rue de la Terrasse, to babysit me. These were rare occasions that I always enjoyed, since Madame Yelena Sokolov’s apartment was far more … Continue reading

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Awww…

Women go “awww.” Men go “ewww.” This, I have decided after decades of research, is the prime difference between the genders. Occasionally a woman might say, “ewww,” (and here I am thinking of Marie Antoinette coming to terms with hygiene … Continue reading

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Of Sequels and Prequels

Most authors go to the well once too often in their careers. In recent times, I’ve had occasion to read the latest novels in series featuring the same characters and on three separate occasions, I’ve been disappointed. From the author’s … Continue reading

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