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HAIL AND FAREWELL

Eighteen years ago, in the early months of 2004, Susie and I paid off the mortgage on the house we had built for us when we married in 1987.  Feeling flush with cash, we made two big expenditures.  First, I bought for myself a brand-new flashy Toyota Camry with all the bells and whistles – power doors, power windows, power seats, and cruise control. Then Susie and I bought a tiny 330 square foot apartment on the left bank of Paris just outside Place Maubert.  I was a young, vigorous 70-year-old running the doctoral program in Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts.   For all the years since, we have been going to that Paris pied-ä-terre several times a year, renting it out when we could to cover the costs of owning it. It was there that I spent four weeks learning the viola part of Beethoven’s Opus 59 #3, the third Razumovsky quartet. It was while sitting...

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That nothing is certaine

I’ve been trying to put together better notes on elementary category theory; which is an engaging exercise, but that doesn’t lead to anything very interesting to report here. Another thing occupying me on and off has been writing quite extensive comments on a draft book by an ex-colleague: but although that does raise very interesting issues, it mostly wouldn’t be appropriate to rehearse them here. Then there have been time-consuming domestic chores — including tackling the Book Problem once again. This time round, it’s been the non-work books. Piles around the house acquired over lockdown (and I’m not the only guilty party) were beginning to totter. So it’s been the occasion for an overdue major sort-out, with re-shelvings, donations of bags of books to Oxfam, and all those discussions “are either of us ever going to read that/read that again?”. Yes, I would for example, have liked to have read the  massive biography of Darwin: but life is too short (a phrase that... Read More ›

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HAIL AND FAREWELL: Eighteen years ago, in the early months of 2004, Susie and I paid off the mortgage on the house we had built for us when we married in 1987. Feeling flush with cash, we made two big expenditures. First, I bought for mysel...
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