Dear Reader, Summer is upon us! The school year is over, so it’s time to start reading. Over the years many people have written to ask me where they…
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Dear Reader, Good afternoon from Portbou. I’ve spent the past few days following Walter Benjamin’s path through the Pyrenees from Banyuls-sur-Mer to…
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A conversation
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Dear Reader, Hello from Taos, New Mexico. Last week I made it through Kansas, Colorado, and finally arrived in Taos a day ago. Here’s a photo I took of…
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Dear Reader, It’s Wednesday. And it has been a busy week. I left Upstate New York and began a month long research trip for my book on loneliness that…
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Dear Reader, For the past six years my desk has faced this window. And today, with the help of some very good people, I packed it up and stored it away…
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April 6th at 7pm
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Dear Reader, It is Sunday again. The peepers are singing in the woods, and I am packing my library. If you’ve never read Walter Benjamin’s essay…
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Dear Reader, Happy Wednesday from Washington, DC! I’m in town for an event tonight with the German journalist Mohamed Amjahid as part of the Thinking is…
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Dear Reader, I spent the first half of the week in Valparaiso, Indiana talking about loneliness, and the second half of the week finishing up The…
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Dear Reader, I have a special essay to share with you this week. For Thinking is Dangerous, novelist Madeleine Thien reflects on “The Many Friendships…
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Dear Reader, Happy spring! Finally, winter is gone. Here’s a picture of Hannah Arendt enjoying some sun. And a bit of Emily Dickinson: "A Light exists…
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