Monthly Archives: April 2021

PANDEMIC CULTURAL WARS DISTRACT US FROM OUR MANY WARS & OUR ENORMOUS MILITARY BUDGET

That health directives such as wearing masks and getting vaccinated have become battlefields in a cultural war against science has made for a continuing stream of headlines and analysis in the news media. Fighting (a term I use figuratively to

REFLECTIONS ON THE GREAT WATER CYCLE AND THE DEATH OF A BROTHER ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO

We’re approaching the twentieth anniversary of the death of my younger brother Leslie, the result of brain injuries sustained from falling off a roof and landing on concrete. In contemplating his life and death, my mind always wonders what has

Save the Day – June 6th, 7 PM EST – Zoom Book Launch Party for “The Brothers Silver” by Marc Jampole

Save the Day – June 6th, 7 PM EST – Zoom Book Launch Party for “The Brothers Silver” by Marc Jampole   Save the Date: June 6th Zoom Book Launch Party for “The Brothers Silver” A new novel by Marc

Save the Day – June 6th, 7 PM EST – Zoom Book Launch Party for “The Brothers Silver” by Marc Jampole

Save the Day – June 6th, 7 PM EST – Zoom Book Launch Party for “The Brothers Silver” by Marc Jampole Save the Date: June 6th Zoom Book Launch Party for “The Brothers Silver” A new novel by Marc Jampole

THE CLOSEST THINGS TO LIVING A SURREALISTIC LIFE IS DRIFTING IN AND OUT OF SLEEP WHILE WATCHING TV

Did you ever spend the evening drifting in and out of sleep while watching television? Your consciousness toggles effortlessly between the TV show, a drowsy state in which you hear the TV as a background muttering, your dreamworld, and dreamless

LAST YEAR, APRIL WAS THE CRUELEST MONTH, BUT THIS APRIL IS FULL OF PROMISE

The cruelness of last April would have delighted the T.S. Eliot of “The Waste Land.” We were in the middle of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. We knew very little about the disease except that it was spreading

THE DAY-TO-DAY GRIND OF BASEBALL REMINDS ME OF OUR PANDEMIC LIFE, BUT ALSO OF EASTERN PHILOSOPHY

Baseball season has started, a long grind of 162 games, just to reach the playoffs, one day very much like the day before and the one after for the ballplayers who spend most every day the same way: going from

21ST CENTURY AMERICA GIVES TOO MUCH TO THE WINNERS AND THINKS TOO LITTLE ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE

All societies sort themselves into winners and losers, but the fruits of winning differ, depending on the society. Compared to historical trends, the United States is giving more to the winners and less to everyone else than at any time

DESCRIBING EMOTIONS BY MAKING THEM OBJECTS

Capturing emotions in words sometimes reminds me of trying to catch a beam of light in the hand. I’ve tried lots of common rhetorical tricks with varying degrees of success: describing the physical characteristics of the emotion; using a description

A YEAR INTO THE PANDEMIC AND MISSING THE BEST OF TIMES:FAMILY GATHERINGS AT HOLIDAYS

A year into the plague, we’ve now missed two Passovers, one Rosh Hashanah and one Thanksgiving, the three holidays on which my wife and I generally gather with lots of family. We’ve also missed untold visits from friends and family