Category Archive for 'Words'

The Critical Mass

The lonely paperboy It’s not been three weeks yet since I was laid off as entertainment writer at the Democrat and Chronicle. And one of the first things I did, of course, was cancel my subscription. I didn’t feel like finding that reminder sitting on the front porch when I took the dog out for […]

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The Critical Mass

I’ve started writing my autobiography. Here’s the outline. Layers of infrastructure fascinate me. Whenever I come across a work crew that’s digging into a street or sidewalk, I always stop and peer into the hole. I love the diesel-engine smell and the comforting mechanical rumble of heavy equipment. One of my favorite sights is a […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday Times, so you don’t have to This morning, whole-grain bread dough is rising in the kitchen, and the music is a collection of Jelly Roll Morton. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” the jazz pianist intones, “if the women don’t get you, the liquor must.” 1, Far from suffering the consequences […]

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