Book Review: A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby


A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (1958) is a short book about an extraordinary journey taken by author Eric Newby and his friend Hugh Carless.  With very little training and inadequate supplies they venture into a remote region of Afghanistan to climb Mir Samir, a nearly 20,000 foot mountain. It is surprising that they…

Book Review: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley


So you have an aging, ruthless patriarch on the verge of madness deciding on a whim to divide up his property among his three daughters precipitating a descent into tragedy. The story of course is William Shakespeare’s King Lear, but also the basis of Jane Smiley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Thousand Acres (1991) set in…

The Cutty Sark


I remember from my younger days a series of sugar packets with images of historic sailing ships.  I was always intrigued by these wooden ships and in my lifetime ended up visiting many of them … the Charles W. Morgan, the U.S.S. Constitution, and the one with the funny name, the Cutty Sark. The news…

Mets Week in Review: 14-20 May


This week the Mets host two storied teams each with a devoted following of fans worldwide. First the Cubs, a team with a history of losing a lot, and then the Yankees, a team with a history of winning way too much. I’m afraid I was too busy to make too many notes during the…