What I’m Reading

Janet Maslin recently reviewed in the New York Times Michael Connelly’s and John Grisham’s new novels, which came out about the same time. She points out “coincidences,” including Grisham’s creation of a character “dangerously similar to Mickey Haller.” Yes, indeed:...

What We’ve Recently Seen

We saw Sylvia, a musical, and laughed with the rest of the audience. (If you like dogs go see it!) Next, we saw two serious films. We enjoyed Bridge of Spies. Tom Hanks was his own heroic and wonderful self, as the lawyer who has to defend a Russian spy, Rudolf Abel,...

What I’m Reading

Come Rain or Come Shine A Mitford Novel by Jan Karon This is a relaxing book, as sweet as the special cake often featured in the series. The action revolves around a family wedding outdoors, on a farm, complete with cows, a bull, chickens, and a lot of dogs. Nothing...

Reviews and Recommendations

The New York Times is producing reviews so long and tedious that even when it is a positive review, readers may think the play will be as boring as the review. Ben Brantley’s November 3rd review of King Charles III is so long and so tedious, we might have skipped the...

Adventures with Duke University

My undergraduate degree was from Duke, where I earned a BA in English. I studied with some world class teachers there, and knew it. But unlike many Duke graduates, I didn’t stay in touch with the faculty, and I didn’t go to reunions. I was absorbed in my New York...