Tag Archives: pausing to take note of history

So much for the Fourth Reich

Like many of you, I spent last week watching election returns and reading silly hot takes about What It All Means. (My favorite, so far, is Jonathan Chait’s assertion in New York Magazine that “America, by and large, never wanted … Continue reading

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#5

It was only a couple of days ago that I gently corrected an interviewer who’d referred to Lovecraft Country as a bestseller. Although sales of the novel had increased significantly since the premiere of the HBO series, so far as … Continue reading

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50

I’m a half century old today. I was going to add a joke about how I was a teenager only yesterday, but it’s not true. When I look at the above photo—that’s me at 15, in my bedroom in Queens … Continue reading

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25 years

I let the actual anniversary slip by unnoticed, but 2013 was my twenty-fifth year as a published novelist. When you’ve always known what you want to do with your life, and you’re fortunate enough to actually be able to do … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week

After 35 years together, Jane Lighty and Pete-e Petersen become the first gay couple to receive a marriage license in Washington state:

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FYI, I’m on Twitter now

@bymattruff

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Murderer shot by Union troops

On CNN last night they were making repeated comparisons between Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler, but it seems to me the more apt comparison is to John Wilkes Booth: a spoiled rich kid who convinced himself he had a … Continue reading

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The Mirage, now with more synchronicity

I finished and delivered the edited manuscript yesterday. Copyediting is next, but all the heavy lifting is essentially done. It’s been a very odd experience working on this final draft with the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East … Continue reading

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Feb. 11, 2011

[Via Andrew Sullivan]

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Lollipop guild flag at half-staff

Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in The Wizard of Oz, and also served as an aviator during World War II, is dead at 94.

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