Quote of The Week

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it”

George Orwell



Our spring semester OLLI music workshop has now finished. The schedule for a new music workshop in the fall semester will be available later in the summer. Meanwhile, I will be offering an OLLI Zoom workshop on personal essays, starting on July 7. Details are on the “Courses and Events” page.

NEW BOOKOut of Order: More Irregular Essays from Public Radio has just appeared, and details are on the “Books and Audio” page.

Topics of the Week

The Featured Essay: Musical Appreciation complains that summer is the season when we have to listen to everyone else’s outdoor music, hoever vile.

Writing Life: Memories are Made of This? looks into the basement of the past and finds nothing but paper.

Rediscoveries has a new(ish) entry – a remarkably perceptive book from 1991 called The True and Only Heaven by Christopher Lasch. Three other recent entries are – Robert H. Thouless, a voice of sanity from half a century ago, Neil Postman – a highly original American social critic, and Eric Hoffer a critic of an earlier age who helps to explain the political catastrophe we may be facing in 2021.

Weekly Radio Essays can be heard every Monday, usually shortly after 7:40 a.m. on 91.1 WSHU and 89.9 WSUF as well as other stations in the region.


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