Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Recently Acquired: The History of Philosophy, by Will Durant. “The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers.” Simon and Schuster, New York (1953). Twelfth printing, first published 1926. 412 pages. $1.50.


Those old carved pumpkins
on the neighbor’s step
are more human
than they

From Songs and Letters, originally published November 5, 2008.

In the Forum: “I ate a hearty breakfast at 9 this morning. On the hotel car at 1 p.m., I took a sirloin steak & mushrooms, sweet potatoes, Irish ditto, plate of trout, bowl of tomato soup, 3 cups of coffee, 4 pieces of apple pie (or one complete pie), 2 plates of ice cream & 1 orange. But I stopped then, on account of the expense, although still hungry.”


Woman in a Window said...

Ha! I knew that kind of eating sounded familiar: "written by Mark Twain to Olivia L. Clemens on 9 December 1884, from Toronto, Canada" It's Canadian, eh.

Poor pumpkins. Poor poor pumpkins. They are to be tomorrow's dessert.


William Michaelian said...

I think they are beyond that. Such is the price of wisdom, eh.

The question remains: what is Irish ditto?