What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes Your Knees Hurt

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For a long time I had a doctor who used to say that whenever you get the urge to exercise, lie down till it passes.  He was a short round jowly fellow with a taste for Mozart, classical literature, fine wines and traditional … Read more »

Ted the Cat’s History of Thanksgiving

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Our Ted has what’s called a “sensitive system.”  You’re telling me!  His “sensitive system” has given us wall-to-wall carpeting that looks like a Jackson Pollack painting . . . one using what you might call a brown palette.  We’d love … Read more »

Blog of the Week: Literary Commentary

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One of the great pleasures of blogging at 317am is the discovery of kindred spirits out there in the vast cosmos of the Web. I first ran across A Commonplace Blog while I was researching the sports novels of my youth … Read more »

Robot Writer No Threat to Ink-Stained Wretches, Yet

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A week or so back the New York Times published one of those articles that must have enlivened the lunchtime conversation among the paper’s staff reporters. Steve Lohr wrote about a company called Narrative Science, which claims to have developed computer software … Read more »

Ted Endures Some March Madness

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Last weekend was the first in this year’s NCAA Mens Basketball Championship.  I love March Madness, and Iike millions of Americans I’ve been filling out brackets for years.  But it does wear on the nerves, and last Sunday when Texas–which … Read more »