Monthly Archives: September 2011

Making Book

Here it is Sep­tem­ber, and not only that but mid-September, and I have not posted my peri­odic list of books absorbed. This will be the sec­ond year I have attempted a com­plete list of books. Some I read, some I hear, as CD sets in the car while com­mut­ing. Jan­u­ary 2011 Memento Mori, by Mur­ial Spark. […]

Hill of Beans

And I feel like a bee­tle on its back And there’s no way for me to get up Love’ll get you like a case of anthrax And that’s some­thing I don’t want to catch – Gang of Four, “(Love Like) Anthrax,” 1978 Copy­right 2011 Ben S. Pol­lock JUST AFTER ELEVEN — Two hun­dred eighty-something million […]

The Room in the Elephant

This col­umn first was pub­lished as the “President’s Mes­sage” in the Sep­tem­ber 2011 newslet­ter of the National Soci­ety of News­pa­per Colum­nists. The board of the National Soci­ety of News­pa­per Colum­nists has been clean­ing up after the party in Detroit. While wash­ing glasses and emp­ty­ing the trash, we share the usual mix of glee­ful rec­ol­lec­tion of […]