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Apr.16.2012
The church bells--restored to the North tower--are ringing twelve o'clock.  I was working, I stop, because, although I'd like to continue, I think I've reached the point where I can't see what I'm doing any more, it's like reading when your eyes begin to glide over the words, and your mind is...
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Apr.14.2012
9 pm, Saturday.  I'm closing the shutters on the street; the blackbird is singing.  It sounds like it is right across the street, but there is nothing but stone over there. And during the day, pigeons, and occasionally seagulls (and in the Garden there was a mallard couple this afternoon...
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Apr.12.2012
8 am.  The street is quiet, the sky blue, the sun has laid a strip of light down the columns of the church.  Pigeons sunbathe on the ledges. Last night, shutting doors and windows (it was mild) before going to bed I heard the blackbirds again, where there seems to be nothing but stone....
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Apr.11.2012
Ah, this is so irritating.  They are memorializing Richard Descoings across the street at 3 pm. From dawn they were out there power-hosing the sidewalks of dog shit and human piss and the other smells and detritus and signs of life. Lest a presidential candidate get his shoes soiled....
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Apr.10.2012
In the middle of the night I was awake or I was awakened, I don't know which, and--there was silence, and then there was a girl, a young woman, sobbing in the street and walking from left to right and then she was gone.  She seemed to be alone, in fact, the weeping seemed to be a disembodied...
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Apr.09.2012
It is quiet and I've misplaced my watch.  Fortunately I have the time on my computer, so when I heard the town hall clock, down the street, ring, and begin to strike the hour, I was a little startled when it stopped at one.  I was expecting twelve, a roundly satisfying twelve to round off...
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Apr.07.2012
  Today was the day for my long-awaited presentation to the national Graduate Liberal Arts Studies Conference (yes, that's me above), which was hosted this year by the MLA staff at East Tennessee State University. I always seem to want to talk about either books or writing, but one has to...
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Apr.03.2012
Off to London on the Eurostar (a trip I love) this afternoon for a reading tomorrow evening at the greenhouse bookshop at the Wapping Project.  Details here, and would love to see you there if you happen to be nearby.   I'll be staying with my daughter who is an editor at New Scientist...
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Apr.01.2012
Church bells are ringing and I like the sound.  It's Sunday, but they ring on other days too, yesterday afternoon, perhaps for a wedding, and for no reason I know, every day around six.  They are ringing in the newly restored north tower of the church.  I arrived on Wednesday, did...
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Mar.28.2012
I start up my computer this morning, by opening date and time, so I know where I am and when it is.  I accomplish the necessary gestures automatically: I click on the part of the globe, or rather map, I'm on, the computer automatically adjusts and tels me it is Thu 8:24, not nine hours ago...