Quote of The Week

"It's my belief that we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain."

Lily Tomlin



Our next and final OLLI classical music workshop for this semester at Stony Brook will be on December 7. See ‘Music’ page for selections.

Topics of the Week

The Featured Essay“Table Manners” is an introduction to the season of conviviality and a few suggestions about how to make it more civilized.

Writing Life“Lies, Secrets, and Silence” may appeal to people like me who are in the process of struggling with a memoir.

Just a reminder of my two newest 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 the non-memoir that replaced the memoir I had originally intended to write, and am writing now. Various fragments of my life – mostly essays and miscellaneous non-fiction – had been accumulating like Radon gas in the basement for many decades. These I arranged into thematic sections on learning, teaching, working, travelling and so on, in a kind of biographical tapas that the curious reader can dip into at any point, according to taste.

More details at Amazon.com and on the Books and Audio page of this site.


All my broadcasts are now available as podcasts on iTunes and Google. Just enter my name in the Search box.