Quote of The Week

"As I looked out into the night sky, across all those infinite stars, it made me realize how unimportant they all are.."

Peter Cook



Our OLLI classical music workshop continues on Wednesday, March 29 in Javits 111. Our composer this week is Beethoven.

Details are posted on the “Music” page of this web site.

Topics of the Week

The Featured Essay: “Never Trust the Experts” gives several good reasons to obey this useful piece of advice.

Writing Life: “Memento Kaypro” takes a nostalgic trip back into the 1980s to remember a computer that actually worked – all the time.

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 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.

Forthcoming from Permanent Press: another and different memoir, An Unexpected Life.

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.