new books

Am writing from somewhere under a stack of books received over the holidays and enjoying a moment’s pause with each as I (no rush) make my way to the top where I’ll choose a place to begin reading for real. The stack: The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth (translated by Michael Hofman); I’ve been slightly nuts about Joseph Roth since reading What I … Continue reading new books

going for a walk

“Confronted with the truly microscopic, all pathos is hopeless, completely meaningless. The diminutive of the parts is more impressive than the monumentality of the whole. I no longer have any use for the sweeping gestures of heroes on the global stage. I’m going for a walk.” (Joseph Roth, from What I Saw ) 

this is not a review: ‘leonard’s flat’, by steven mayoff

  Leonard’s Flat , a slim, beautifully made volume of ekphrastic poetry, influenced by the art of the author’s uncle, Len Fligel, who Mayoff credits with being the long ago spark that ignited his own “creative ambitions as a writer”… is a tiny gem. Ten paintings, nicely reproduced on thick, glossy pages, represent a slice … Continue reading this is not a review: ‘leonard’s flat’, by steven mayoff

how to see wine country in two and half days (with wine being only a smallish — though pleasant — part of things)

  Avoid traffic. Leave early. Eat your banana breakfast in the car. Somewhere in the countryside near Beamsville realize you’ve forgotten your notebook so stop at a back-roads Dollar Store and find a gorgeous red spiral bound one with creamy lined pages. Let the holidaying begin. Quick stop at a winery you heard makes a … Continue reading how to see wine country in two and half days (with wine being only a smallish — though pleasant — part of things)