Instinctive Empathy

Every year in April, my school hosts the Special Olympics. Our students serve as “buddies” to athletes who come to our campus with their teachers, caregivers and families to participate in two days of competition and games. It is disruptive to the regular schedule we follow, but like most disruption, it brings about a new and […]

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The Truth About Fiction

I watch Mad Men the way I read. I scour Don’s interactions and facial expressions for meaning, trace motifs strung like pearls along episodes, pore over images like prim and proper Betty shooting birds in her backyard. The theme song repeats in my head long after the show closes, and the graphic of Don falling […]

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Listen and Learn

I like how blogger Maria Popova  (Brain Pickings) gathers up the debris of literature and history and delivers up perfect little gems like the one about Virginia Woolf reading from an essay titled “Craftsmanship” in 1937.  It is the only recording I have ever heard of Woolf’s voice, and I have been completely transfixed by it, […]

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To Each Her Own

Since joining the women at Great New Books to write book reviews a few times a year, I’ve been reading more newly published work than I usually do. Our charge is simple, on the face of it: fall in love with a recently released book and recommend it to others. I read a lot and […]

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