At the end of January of this year, I read a New Yorker interview conducted by Rachel Syme with Julia Cameron. I knew about Julia Cameron because my late wife Jenny loved her book “The Artist’s Way,” which was published in the early 1990’s. The book spoke to her, and she worked with the program on and… Continue reading On Morning Pages and Artist’s Dates
Recently, the NPR show Planet Money had an episode about Edward Thorp, the man who invented blackjack card counting. Thorp is a mathematician, and he saw blackjack as an interesting problem to analyze as opposed to a way to get rich quick. At the time he discovered card counting, the established idea was that there… Continue reading Denied!
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." -Ernest Hemingway Or was it Ernest Hemingway? When I realized that Donald J. Trump was going to be the GOP candidate for president, I realized that anything I say would probably not change people's views on the guy. The press and… Continue reading Sit Down at a Typewriter and Bleed
This poem by EB White was published in The New Yorker in 1945. This is one of my favorite poems -- funny, but with stiletto-sharp social commentary. SONG OF THE QUEEN BEE EB White "The breeding of the bee, says a United States Department of Agriculture bulletin on artificial insemination, "has always been handicapped by… Continue reading Song of the Queen Bee