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The news has been full of big things this week. Afghanistan, the Delta Variant, Haiti. There’s this strange thing that happens with news, where we hear it or we read one piece of coverage and we fell like we know everything there is to know. …


The Disney Canon

This summer I have watched 26 of the 59 Disney Animation feature films. Some of them for the very first time. (Princess and the Frog was delightful, who knew?) I don’t adore Disney, but I find it an interesting cultural touchstone because it has lasted so long…


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Last week, I wrote about how I’m trying to give myself new associations for childhood music that I love but that is tainted by association with my old faith. This journey has led me into lots of strange realizations about how my memory works with music. Last week, it was…


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Here is a familiar scene: your spouse, child, parent says something like, “Remember? We just did that last week.” And you search your mind and adamantly argue the thing in question did not happen last week. …


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The biggest difference between a symphony and a film score is that the symphony was created to stand on its own, to be the focal point of our attention. …


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Sources of inspiration for a writer are as vast as they are mysterious. I’ve been writing for decades, yet the things that spark an idea continue to surprise me. I tend to think that they come from actively expanding the boundaries of knowledge, but sometimes I write from places of…


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When I was twelve

In my newsletter this month, one of the things I’m thinking about is the fact that the music I go back to over and over (my favorites) have been my favorites since pre-adolescence. I’ve changed quite a lot as a person since I was twelve, so…


Last week I went to Disneyworld by myself for fun. It was a strange, extremely impulsive and extravagant decision. …


mostly sunken row boat in an algae-covered pond.
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Have you bought new clothes this month? I have. In fact, the pandemic gave me far too many reasons to sit online and buy clothes that I’m just now having occasions to wear. My wardrobe is one of the big areas of my life that I don’t do great thinking…


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2050 is the red letter year for thinking about our future, particularly climate change. Scientists have marked this as the time when, if we don’t make drastic changes, things will start to go horribly wrong. (Here is a book review to a great book that gives you the basics if…

Jaye Viner

Jaye Viner knows just enough about everything to embarrass herself at parties she never attends. Her novel, Jane of Battery Park, arrives in August

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