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Note to visitors: I have over the years accumulated a number of small units of prose for which I cna find no use, and also ideas that I have no particular [i.e. profitable] reason to put into words but which I feel a parental obligation to bring into being. These are the things that will be found here. Some allow comments and some don’t. I hope you enjoy one or two.  In addition things of interest (podcasts, etc.) will also appear irregularly.

Tigers in Lavender: 3

Tigers in Lavender: 3 In 1951 Indiana University took over from Kenyon College a famed but underfunded institute, the School of English, which IU renamed the School of Letters. For years the Summer Institute of the School of Letters drew pre-eminent writers and scholars to give...

Tigers in Lavender: 2

TIGERS IN LAVENDER: 2 Continuing the story of the making of a student film in Indiana in 1964, begun in the previous post: The Bolex camera that the photography department had – and which Lance Bird and I hogged for the remaining year and more of college...

Tigers in Lavender 1

1. Long Long Ago Some years ago I was watching the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home, produced by Martin Scorsese. There was a scene of Dylan on stage in London 1n 1965, possibly 1966 (I haven’t re-watched the film), that had been shot from a...

My First Thriller

My First Thriller By that I mean the first book officially so designated that I remember reading (I may have read one years before that didn't stay in my memory).  I read it for review;  I can't remember now what journal assigned the book to me...

Little Lessons from the Masters (1)

Long ago, it was common for those seeking to acquire wisdom to keep a copybook – a blank book meant only for copying out bits of wisdom or beauty gleaned from writing.  I suppose that nowadays these are kept digitally, and frequently shared with the...