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Category Archives: for the life of me

mother of sorrows: a book to read, and read again 2

Many people have a list of books they read every year: Jane Austen’s Emma, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Classics. Sometimes, if a reader is lucky, a contemporary work will earn a place on the list. Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann is such a book. Published in 2005 to critical […]

one of the greatest songwriters you think you’ve never heard of 0

A master composer of our time will celebrate his 78th birthday this week. He is a man who has been nominated for five Tony awards, won two, and was just presented with a special Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater last month. One Broadway song he wrote was recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1964 […]

the day judy garland outed me 3

A light-bulb memory of a moment which revealed the real me to others — and to myself. Rummaging through a box of books in the garage one day when I was 12 years old, I stumbled across a copy of the paperback edition of ‘Weep No More, My Lady,’* a biography of Judy Garland. Several […]

adieu to the carnivorous saint, harold norse 0

The world said goodbye last week to Harold Norse, one of the great American poets of the 20th century. He died at the age of 92 from natural causes. A contemporary of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, Norse was an undeniable member of the Beat poets although he never gained the fame of his confreres, […]

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