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I'm a member of the Tacoma Retired Men's Book Club.

Reflections on “The Knowledge Illusion” by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach

I’m writing this essay after listening in, via DUO, to our book club’s discussion of “The Knowledge Illusion” by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach on November 7th, 2019. At that time, I wasn’t able to offer my opinions about the … Continue reading

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Quotations from “All That Is” Selected by Ron Powers

In a 2013 interview after the publication of James Salter’s final novel, “All That Is,” Salter said to the interviewer, “You write what you desire.” He also said that he “scrupulously” tried to eliminate aphorisms from his writing of this … Continue reading

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Reconsidering “All That Is”

In September, 2017, my wife recommended a book to me. Zoe had read “All That Is,” by James Salter, and she thought I would enjoy it. As so often happens between husbands and wives, I heard what she had to … Continue reading

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King Hereafter: Quotes

Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter, originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1982. This word file has a few quotes from King Hereafter I would like to share: Ron Powers

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Epilogue, Finding Yourself in a Hotel, By Ron Powers

“Who would have imagined when you were sentenced to life in the Metropol all those years ago that you had just become the luckiest man in all of Russia.”                                                                                                 Mishka to The Count “One does not fulfill one’s … Continue reading

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Finding Yourself in a Hotel, Part Two, by Ron Powers

The Count, Alexander Ilyich Rostov, made many friends during his long stay at the Metropol: Arkady at the front desk; Velentina in housekeeping; Pasha and Petya, the bellhops; Vasily, the hotel concierge; Fatima Federova, the hotel florist; all the restaurant … Continue reading

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Finding Yourself in a Hotel, Part One, by Ron Powers

For years, movie goers and readers have been fascinated with the fictional possibilities that arise with the premise of a man or woman—or even a cast of characters—actually living for a time in a hotel. In my lifetime, Hollywood as … Continue reading

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The Emissary Puzzle

I spent last weekend puzzling through this month’s selection for our book club, The Emissary, by Yoko Tawada. It was a second reading. I understand that Donald Trump also spent a puzzling weekend. In his case, he was actually trying … Continue reading

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The Italian Teacher: A Critical Review

Is art just a refuge for those who can’t connect? From “The Italian Teacher”, by Tom Rachman   When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, Irving Stone held the franchise for historical fiction about artists. His biographical … Continue reading

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Summer Read: Road to Little Dribbling

Bill Bryson, The Road to Little Dribbling, 2016   This summer my wife and I are taking a walking tour of the British countryside, from a village called Osmotherly and ending in the village of Robin Hood’s Bay, in York. … Continue reading

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