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In early summer 1976, we took a train from Oakland California to Detroit, a trip lasting a couple of days.  It was a time of stress and doubt, but of course one could say that about the whole decade. Even in 1976 such a trip by train was less a matter of travel than tourism. As now, if you needed to get somewhere,…

What? All of it?
For a long time ( longtemps, if you will ) reading aloud had been a custom in our home. This had begun with a bargain between the writer and his spouse, that he could have his shirts ironed, if she who ironed was read to during the job, and it evolved into a regular twenty minutes of…

A few years ago, an American author named Ammon Shea undertook a project admirable, in part, and in part puzzling.Mr. Shea had always been fond of dictionaries. He owned, in fact, about two thousand different dictionaries. Moreover, he took pleasure in reading them--not consulting them in the usual way-- but reading them at length and page after page, almost as…

Sometime after the Civil War, likely in 1875, an Arkansas girl of 14 hires a US Marshal to pursue one Tom Chaney, the man who murdered her father, into the Oklahoma Indian territory. She narrates the story in the first person from the year 1928. Her mission is successful but at the cost of seven lives and she is maimed…


Let us sprinkle a little laudation over Dorothy L. Sayers.
A thorough thinker, and a careful writer, she is now mostly remembered for her detective novels, and as a satellite to the Inklings, that group of Oxford writers that included  J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and others.
This seems a little unfair: Tolkien has had five movies generated from…


It is a good thing, when launching a war, to be clear as to what you are fighting for. Don’t gamble unless you know how much is piled on the table.
Men go to war over material issues, of course, when what is at stake is water rights or a fertile field or the privilege of selling bootleg beer in south…


Two or three weeks ago, we found ourselves holding a modest volume from 2001 entitled Hebrew Scholarship in the Medieval World and feeling a little surprised.The volume was a collection of essays in honor of a recently retired authority in the field of Judaic-Spanish history. It is important to point out at the start that your columnist has no expertise…


Several weeks ago, as a result of certain . . . misunderstandings, your columnist and about twenty three hundred of his co-workers found themselves on strike, rather to their shock.Librarians do not go on strike very often–the last time our local walked was 1979. In fact, going on strike is not something that many people do. Unions are not the…

There are lots of travel books, and most of them have the same structure:
Why I traveled to Upper Revolting;
What happened to me in Upper Revolting;
How I am a different person for having been to Upper Revolting.
Travel books are a species of autobiography, and autobiographies, after all, are at heart spiritual accounts.
Your essayist would like to suggest a new subspecies of…