The cottage internet

Got my new handkerchiefs in the mail today. They came from the Flying Needle Gallery with a business card and a bow, so I suspect they’re not made and shipped by a large factory in a faraway country. Today a significant part of the online business I do is with...

Should your novel be evaluated?

You’d think the obvious answer is duh, or yes. But it’s not that simple. Unless you’re a bestselling author you need to complete a draft of your story, one that’s as big as, or close to, the novel itself.  Probably around 50,000 words. Yes, it...

The non-category of ‘collaborator’

A Claude Lanzmann documentary film is coming out in a few weeks that examines over three hours (that’s like a short for Lanzmann) the life, personality and Holocaust role of Rabbi Benjamin Murmelstein. Lanzmann originally interviewed Murmelstein (who died over...

A melancholic’s guide to Disney World

This is my eighth trip. The first was when I was 19 years old.  The two daughters I bring with me are older now than I was then. “This might be the last chance we get before we have to bring grandchildren,” I say as we board the Magic Express at the Orlando airport....

An indelible impression

We returned to Toronto five days ago and are still feeling the effects of jet lag, and of the trip. Our Beijing guide, Babbitt, was kind enough to send a note asking how we’re doing. The people connections we made through design or circumstance are the best part...

Beijing dogs

This is a short blog about Chinese dogs written partly because I am a dog fancier.  What I had heard mostly about Chinese dogs from Canada is that they were considered delicious, so I didn’t expect to see any. Like most stereotypes that was nonsense, of course.  In...
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