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Essays

I have been and avid essayist for much of my life. The urge to do so may have originated as my pleasure in writing letters, something I have done, it seems, forever. Some of those letters have gotten me into some hot water--especially those emotionally driven "love letters." But, as Popeye says, "I yam what I yam;" the emotional missives were true at the time--in the moment is better. The form is useful as a self-teaching device: there is nothing quite so deflating (and revealing) as an idea put to paper and worked out minutely. The written word also owns a value that the spoken word does not have. As actors understand, words thrown out orally fly into the world with almost no strings attached. Alexander Pope reminds us of the dying reputations of those spoken-of in their absence. It is the off-hand comment by a parent, a teacher a loved one that wounds deepest. Placing words on paper and reflecting upon them is salutory to all concerned.


The Essays:

1. September 8, 1996: Lawyers

2. October 24, 1996 (SF Jazz Festival)

3. May 8, 1997: A Critic Grows in Santa Rosa

4. Thursday, March 28, 2002: A Hero's Journey

5. January 22, 2002: Meaning

6. Monday, October 2, 2000: The Woman and the Man on the Bridge

7. Wednesday, June 7, 2000: Persistence of Memory

8. Monday, May 22, 2000: Conference of the Birds

9. March 16, 2000: Ewa Kuryluk and the Matter of Bruno Schulz

10. Wednesday, November 18, 1998: Nicolescu etc.

11. Tuesday, February 15, 2000: Untitled

12. Wednesday, September 8, 1999: Book Review-Ten Stupid Things

13. December 2, 1998: A Critic's Brain Wanders

14. February 24, 1995: Information

15. February 19, 1995: 19th Century hopes . . .

16. February 9, 1995: Science

17. January 31, 1995: Ideas

18. January 18, 1995: The Male Imperative

19. January 11, 1995: Untitled

20. January 3, 1995: Epicurus, Lucretius and I

21. November 22, 2015: Time Remembered

21. July 30, 2017: Threnody for a Dispensable Man