Tag Archives: pausing to take note of history

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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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Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

First thought: Those wacky Swedes Norwegians must really want to mess with Glenn Beck’s head. Second thought: I hope the events of the next few years in Afghanistan don’t make this seem horribly ironic.

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Mr. McCourt (1930-2009)

Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes, has died at the age of 78. Like thousands of other people, I remember him as Mr. McCourt, the high-school creative-writing teacher who used to entertain me and my classmates with … Continue reading

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