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Category: Journalism

As An Aside

Ben Dolnick muses about his writing style in today’s New York Times. He often and purposefully uses parentheses and likens them now to the time we are in. Hope we get that coin and surface soon. A clause set off by em dashes is like dropping underwater while swimming breaststroke — just a quick dip before popping back to the sentence’s surface. A parenthetical clause is more like diving down to the pool bottom to pick up a coin. And a footnote is a full-blown scuba dive — you have… Read more As An Aside

Weird Christianity

by Tara Isabella Burton in today’s NYTimes. Many young people are returning to old-world religious ceremonies and traditions, as they call it bells & smells. Such is the Christmas Eve midnight mass at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine which has recently become an annual pilgrimage for my millennial son & me. Incense, candles, carols, organ, harp, saxophone, choir. Gorgeous and moving. We love it. Our son was raised nada, yet enjoyed holiday celebrations of his father’s Jewish family and my Catholic one. But. I’d go to a Latin mass… Read more Weird Christianity

Faux Prose

Fascinating reads. NYTimes’ Alexandra Alter article on the alarming similarities between Sarah Dinzel’s Saving April, and the wildly best selling The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (aka Dan Mallory). Alter references Ian Parker’s even more stunning exposé in this month’s New Yorker  about “The Talented Mr. Mallory.”   Stranger than any fiction.