Quote of The Week

"Without music, life would be a mistake."

Friedrich Nietzsche



Good news! Our next OLLI classical music workshop will begin on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Javitts 111.

The theme for this semester will be “Ten Great Composers: Their Lives and Their Music,” and more details are posted on the “Music” page of this web site. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Topics of the Week

The Featured Essay: “The Lessons of Winter” explains why we should be proud to suffer the discomforts of life in the northeast.

Writing Life: “Read it Out Loud” recommends an old-fashioned way of enjoying and sharing literature.

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.