A guide to my blogs I

Filed under: This Site

I have so many blogs in my blog rolls that even I don’t know what’s there. I can’t blame you for feeling overwhelmed and scared at the idea of wading through them. Actually, I’m a little overwhelmed by them sometimes, which is how I came up with the idea of going through them and figuring […]

Posted by Diane on January 31st, 2003

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I (heart) the Guardian

Filed under: Politics

This isn’t a political journal—basically, when it comes to screeds about politics you can find about fifty blogs in my list o’blogs over there that can do it much, much better than I can (and I’m not talking about the ones listed under “The Right”). But I draw your attention now to an editorial in […]

Posted by Diane on January 30th, 2003

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Questions, we get questions

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Sally asks in the Comments section in “Poetry illiterate”: “Here’s a ? for your journal — in whose presence have you sensed that special immortal genius for personality?” This is a good question. One I would like to answer, I just haven’t the time to do it right now.. Feel free to post in the […]

Posted by Diane on January 29th, 2003

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The $50 Hamburger

Filed under: Those Darned Links!

Yes. Civilization is now at an end. Why do you ask? If there weren’t two crisp twenties under the bun, I couldn’t imagine what would make this worth it. But if you live long enough in a city where a first-grader’s birthday party can cost $3,000, you must remain sanguine in the face of absurdity. […]

Posted by Diane on January 27th, 2003

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Experts at getting A’s

Filed under: Schoolhouse Rock

According to a story in today’s LA Times (sadly, registration required): Today’s college freshmen got more A’s than ever in high school while studying a record low number of hours in their senior year, according to a national survey by UCLA. But they may not be any smarter than those of past generations. Instead, frenzied […]

Posted by Diane on January 27th, 2003

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Poetry illiterate

Filed under: Books and Magazines, Short Shameful Confessions

Because I haven’t learned my lesson well enough, I started in on another 800-page book, Savage Beauty by Nancy Milford. It’s a biography of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, who was a giant figure in the Jazz Age and is much less well known today. It’s well-written¹, but I think I’m going to have stop […]

Posted by Diane on January 27th, 2003

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TiVo your radio

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I love TiVo for my TV, but I’ve said over and over again that I really want RadiVo, so I can tape “All Things Considered” or “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” Evidently, there now is such a product. (Scroll down a bit to find that bit.) Whoo hoo!

Posted by Diane on January 27th, 2003

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The October Horse: the review

Filed under: Books and Magazines

I was at the bookstore doing some Christmas shopping when I happened upon The October Horse, the latest and last entry in Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series. I hadn’t known it was out and was completely thrilled. I bought it immediately and told Darin it was his Christmas gift to me. (He said, “I […]

Posted by Diane on January 26th, 2003

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Where the pumpquins are

Filed under: Kids

Yesterday in the car Sophia was narrating our drive, as she so often does, and she said, “That car is like my car!” And indeed, another Honda Odyssey was tooling along slightly ahead of us on the freeway. Sophia, car enthusiast. For those of you keeping track of my car purchases, shortly before Simon was […]

Posted by Diane on January 24th, 2003

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Adaptation: the review

Filed under: Movies

The subject of Adaptation came up in the comments section of my post about Catch Me If You Can, so without further ado—well, actually a week of ado, but who’s counting?—here are my deathless thoughts on Adaptation. § Darin and I have not been having an easy time of it, movie-wise, since Sophia was born. […]

Posted by Diane on January 23rd, 2003

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