In the 1970s my family’s Christmas season officially started a few days before Thanksgiving. That’s when my father returned from what had become an annual trip to Moscow. It was…Read more →
In 1984, during an already successful career, Doris Lessing wrote and submitted for publication two novels under the pseudonym Jane Somers. She wanted to demonstrate that nothing succeeds like success…Read more →
I recently had several personal encounters with the Great Depression. None as a result of gloomy economic forecasts, but instead from being reminded of its remarkable legacy.
Snowball fight on Switzerland’s Eiger, 1908.
Today was too rainy for yard work, so I rummaged through several steamer trunks worth of family letters, albums and academic miscellany. They trace…