"I use Facebook," my friend said, "to snoop on my son and to experience schadenfreude with regard to my brother."

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the writers' game

09/26/14 07:20

Last night I was reading The New Yorker while watching the Yankees - I wanted to witness Derek Jeter's last game - and the synchronicity was heightened when, in the top of the ninth, Bob Costas mentioned long-time staff writer John Updike's essay on Ted Williams' last game.

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rancher writer

09/25/14 08:31

Watching Hud last night I was reminded of my days in Archer City, Texas. Then I googled the movie and saw that it was based on the Larry McMurtry novel Horseman Pass By.

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time, time, time

09/24/14 07:52

Our friend Joanne was showing her wedding pictures to her daughter's mother-in-law, who was from England. "Oh," the Englishwoman said, looking at a picture of Joanne in her wedding gown, "the ravages of time."

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coming attractions

09/23/14 08:36

Watching The Roosevelts I braced myself for the inevitable Kennedys, Clintons, and Bushs.

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not another

09/22/14 08:12

The New York Times' double dose of Donald Antrim - a review in the book review and a profile in the magazine - gave me the name of yet another contemporary novelist I need to feel bad about not having read.

By Thomas Swick • Category: books, writers