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At 317am, Time to Dim the Lights

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Today’s post–and trust me, it was no easy call–is my last for 317am.  It’s the last for any of us—whether Kaze, Ras, or Ted the Cat—till  who knows when.  We may be back someday, but we just don’t know. On … Read more »

Valentine’s Day, Two Weeks Late

image of a young ric ocasek and paulina porizkova

I’m late with a post on love.  Sorry.  Didn’t have anything to share back on Valentine’s Day.  But today I do. It’s a passage from Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, which is one of those treasure-chest classics you keep by … Read more »

How Did You Get to Be You?

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Have you ever wondered how you got to be you?  Why you love Frank Sinatra?  Why you hate curry?  Where did you get that sense of humor?  Why are you bookish?  So scared of water?  So resentful of authority?  How … Read more »

Johnny Mercer and the Art of Reticence (Reprise)

Photo of the great Johnny Mercer.

Last Friday Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) would have celebrated his 102nd brithday. I was taking a car trip that day and listening to the Sirius XM Sateliite Radio station “40s on 4″ when an old recording of Mercer doing a medley of the … Read more »

It’s Still a Very Good Year (reprise)

Image of a young Maud Gonne

(Today is my 61st birthday.  A year ago, I wrote this post about my 60th.  I’m still away, but I’ll be back on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, this post seemed apropos.) So long ago that I can’t remember when, I read The Romantic Comedians, … Read more »

You Must Remember This, a Kiss is Still…an Adaptive Courtship Strategy

Bogart and Bergman

Since we’re but two days away from New Year’s Eve and the stroke of midnight, we can assume a whole lot of people are about to be kissed. This may strike some as an occasion for romantic wonder and delight. … Read more »