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"Power worship blurs political judgement. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible."

George Orwell



A burst of writing activity this past summer produced two new books.

Not Quite a Stranger: Essays on Life in France is a collection of more or less humorous pieces recording my many visits to that beautiful and baffling country over a period of fifty years.

Lucky Man is a sort of non-memoir that replaced the memoir I had originally intending to write. The conventional “story of my life” turned out to be very dull when I set it down on paper. But other writings – mostly essays and miscellaneous non-fiction – have been accumulating like Radon gas in the basement for many decades. These I have arranged into thematic sections on learning, teaching, working, travelling and so on, in a kind of biographical tapas that the reading can dip into at any point, according to taste.

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Topics of the Week

Writing Life: “Paper Memories” offers another excerpt from my newly published non-memoir, “Lucky Man.”

The Featured Essay: “A Comforting Nostalgia” tells how DB unearthed one of his ancient college papers, and learned something from it.


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