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Books I’ve Read in 2019

Last year, someone said to me, “but the point of reading a book isn’t to finish it and put it on a list of books you say you’ve read!,” and I thought “oh, you have no idea that that’s exactly what I do.” I’m trying to move away from looking at books as something to […]

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Hey there. It’s been a while. I’ve got some thoughts about returning to writing and taking pictures again soon, but they’re still only thoughts. For now, I can tell you that Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion was my favorite book I read in 2018, with Iris Murdoch’s The Green Knight runner-up. It took me over a […]

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Primers on Israel-Palestine

Well, first off, I don’t know why pasta alla boscaiola isn’t all over all the food blogs. I made it for the first time this winter, and couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it earlier. The olive oil, pork fat, pasta water, and Parmesan emulsify to make a rich, savory sauce offset by sharp olives […]

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Books I’ve Read in 2018

I’ve begun the habit of listing each book I read in posts by year. I like the sense of accomplishment from uploading and watching each thumbnail appear, and I like skimming over and remembering what I’ve read. Last year I read exactly 52 books (not counting the dryer requiring reading for classes). I’m proud of […]

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Think how much any individual mind, any brain, is enlarged by what we can know through books and through literature — places, people, ideas that we would never otherwise experience, things much larger than anyone could contain in his or her own person. People crave this. You go way back into antiquity and everybody is […]

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