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About powersron

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

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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A reponse to Richard Smaby’s Request

On Christmas morning, I again saw a spider that had taken up residence in our guest bathroom bathtub. I had given it several days to escape, but it apparently preferred living in our tub to crawling back down the drain … Continue reading

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The 2014 novel Electric City by Elizabeth Rosner is many things at once: historical fiction, a novel about social classes, a modern mini-epic, and maybe even a potential movie or television series. Above all, it seems to me to be … Continue reading

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Hemingway and the Movies

Hemingway was a prolific writer, and his stories have resonated with Hollywood movie makers from 1930 to present. I’ve attached the film posters from ten of Hemingway’s screen adaptations, in chronological order, just in case you might be interested in … Continue reading

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Summer Interlude: Hemingway Short Story Collections

It’s my turn to make a reading selection for our group, and this time I found the responsibility more intimidating than I have in the past, in part because of the many outstanding choices that you all have made since … Continue reading

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Finding Myself: Notes and Comments About “On Looking,” by Alexandra Horowitz

maggie and milly and molly and may went down to the beach(to play one day) and maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and milly befriended a stranded star whose rays five languid fingers were; … Continue reading

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July Selection: Let The Great World Spin (2009) by Colum McCann

Here is my selection for our book club meeting on July 9th, 2013: Today, when we think of New York’s Twin Towers and we envision throngs of New Yorkers looking up into the sky in wonder at an almost unimaginable … Continue reading

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Photos of India and Nepal

In light of our club’s extensive conversations about “The White Tiger,” and the Indian culture, I’d like to share with our reading club this photo show of images taken by my friend, Steve Sholl, on a recent trip to India … Continue reading

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