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Breakfast Under the Influence

Some writers say they don’t read fiction when they’re in the middle of writing fiction, so afraid are they of unconsciously picking up the other’s voice. Not me. I read anything. Early the other day, waiting for breakfast in a … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Next Stage

I remember glorious Easter weekends in my childhood when amidst the general surge of warmth and sunshine I would find the warmest spot of all and occupy it happily. The warmest spot was inside the family station wagon parked in … Continue reading

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Dear November

I’ve been trying to write a play. I’ve also been trying to find a better title for the novel I’ve nearly finished. The play has to have a big role for my daughter the struggling actor. That would be the … Continue reading

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New Work

This summer our cherry tree was the goose that laid the golden egg, unceasing in its red fruitfulness at the foot of the garden. And Mark, unceasing in his eagerness to pick. In July, whenever I opened the freezer door, … Continue reading

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Landscape While It Lasts

It’s strange and wonderful when something out of the blue leads you to the very place you want to be, even if that place never lasts long. A week or so ago, I received a phone call from a university … Continue reading

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Lolita in a Dying Car

We limped to Boston and back recently in a dying car. For company we had Jeremy Irons reading Lolita. In other words, we were in two grips – the car’s torment and Humbert Humbert’s. In my twenties Lolita met me … Continue reading

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Don Draper’s Dante

I’ve been wondering which Dante translation Don Draper was reading on that beach in Hawaii. A well-thumbed paperback in the year 1968. “Midway in our life’s journey I went astray … and found myself alone in a dark wood.” I … Continue reading

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Pointing the Way

In the little notebook I carry around with me, I jotted down something my mother said about a year ago. “I’ve had a good life, all things consoled.” We’re coming up to the first anniversary of her death. April 19. … Continue reading

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Range Light Borden-Carleton PEI, 2010

Two days ago I stepped out at seven in the morning to pick up the paper on the porch and heard a cardinal singing its full-throated, succulent song. Spring! Puddles and melt and birdsong. Walking up to Bank Street later … Continue reading

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Answer to a question

Readers ask me questions. Most recently, “I am curious about the constant reference to berries – growing, picking, crushing, oozing etc. at various key points in Alone in the Classroom. If I had had the time, I would have charted … Continue reading

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