Archive for August 2019

Talking to the committee in my Imaginary Writers' Room

Talking to the committee in my Imaginary Writers' Room
I’d had a rough week, so I went to my reading room and picked up a spooky-looking book, “The Best Supernatural Tales of Arthur Conan Doyle,” as “Selected and Introduced by E.F. Bleiler” (Dover Publications, 1979). My copy of the book fell open to p. 166, “A Literary Mosaic,”  which has a note at the bottom,... Read more »

'Peter Rabbit' and writer's block

'Peter Rabbit' and writer's block
In the front pocket of the three-ring notebook where I keep drafts for this blog is a page from an old scrapbook. The page has a magazine clipping on it that takes up only a few square inches. It is familiar even though I haven’t seen the real page it portrays since 1976, when my... Read more »

Playlists and memories -- a reply to the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn

Playlists and memories -- a reply to the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn
In his “Change of Subject” column on June 16, 2019, in the Chicago Tribune, columnist Eric Zorn wrote about searching for music to evoke memories. As the headline advised, “Music might someday unlock the mind’s memories, so make your playlist now.” (If you missed it — or forgot — catch up with the column here.)... Read more »
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On Vinyl Record Day, a few thoughts about record albums

On Vinyl Record Day, a few thoughts about record albums
I heard on the radio news this morning that this is Vinyl Record Day. That got me looking around my apartment at two very different kinds of record albums: the skinny 33 1/3 RPM ones I collected as I was growing up, but also the record albums I inherited from my dad. Those record albums taught me... Read more »

How even church services are changing in these times

How even church services are changing in these times
My pastor, friend, and colleague in blogging, the Rev. Rocky Supinger, wrote powerfully in this post about a visitor from Dayton. She was with us at church in Chicago on Sunday, not in Dayton, but she was grateful that we acknowledged the pain after events in her home city. The post got me thinking about another... Read more »