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Essays

Letters of Note

April 1, 2010

The website devoted to "correspondence deserving of a wider audience" is fascinating.

What’s in a (Middle) Name?

January 30, 2010

Consider the difference between James Cooper and James Fenimore Cooper; David Wallace and David Foster Wallace; or Jorge Luis Borges and Jorge Borges. Who would want to go down in history as Jorge Borges?

The Tyranny of the Fuyu Persimmon

November 12, 2009

Every time I crunch into a fuyu persimmon I feel guilty, like when I read the Times online or ignore my local bookstore for a cheaper copy on Amazon or Alibris.

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