Finding your creative self in the New Year

Enemies of Reading December 27, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Is there some way in which you’re hoping to live a more creative life next year? Hoping to express yourself? Begin wood sculpting, or quilting, or writing a novel or memoir? Writing songs? Are you hoping to lead an authentic life, one where you follow your personal star and not passively allow […]
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Man bites dog, or So long, Facebook, Part 2

Enemies of Reading December 19, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Since the February 2004 launching of the social networking service known as Facebook, it has grown to become much more than just a friendship enhancer. Thousands of people with a product to sell also have a presence on Facebook. The message today seems to be: Get your product’s name lit up in […]
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Man bites dog, or so long, Facebook, Part 1

Enemies of Reading December 12, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore The online social networking service known as Facebook was launched on Feb. 4, 2004. Within the year, more than a million people had signed up to use the website. Facebook quickly became an integral part of world social media culture and today is available in about 70 different languages. The corporation, now […]
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How to be fascinating at Thanksgiving dinner

Enemies of Reading November 28, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore If you’ve picked up this newspaper on Thanksgiving Day, you’re probably seeking relief from the sight of your relatives, the smell of allspice and the sound of televised football. You’re pretending you’re just curious about this local news-rag because the kitchen is too steamy and the living room is full of people. […]
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Donating my skull(s) to science, Part 3 (conclusion) why old folks seem confused

Enemies of Reading November 20, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I’d never held a human skull in my hands until Dr. Alan Mann casually tossed me one in my first physical anthropology lab. I was shocked by his casualness. I knew this skull I held was now the text and tool of my new trade, but it had also once been home […]
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‘Any port in a storm’: Part 2 of Why older people seem confused

Enemies of Reading November 13, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore The lowdown from Part 1: Last week in this column we revealed that older folks seem confused because they are confused. Reasons and example were offered, including the Dylanesque assertion that “the times they are a changin’.” After much hand-wringing, it was agreed that a committee should be formed to investigate “Why […]
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Why older people seem confused. Part 1

Enemies of Reading November 6, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I’m a very funny person. Very funny. I’m – hah hah – loads of fun to be with. Just ask my friends, especially those fond of ardent spirits. They’ll tell you: “Hugh’s very funny.” If pushed to explain, they’ll probably say it all stems from my sense of humor. I have a […]
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Orange is the new blah, and other crimes – a reader’s adventure

Enemies of Reading October 31, 2013 1 Comment

by Hugh Gilmore Two weeks ago I went to the public library and had a meltdown – I dropped my “should” at the door. That is, I decided to go in and pluck out a great armful of books I wanted to read and no books I felt I “should” read. “Should,” as in: I […]
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A night at the Oprah: Eugene Onegin’s bad behavioral choices

Enemies of Reading October 24, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Not liking Tchaikovsky’s music didn’t stop me from enjoying his opera “Eugene Onegin” when I saw it simulcast live-in-HD by the Metropolitan Opera last week. There’s more to opera than the music, thank goodness, including the sets, costumes and singing. They’re usually so beautiful I gape in wonder, but they’re not what […]
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Incredible true tale! Columnist survives free-fall after modem attack

Enemies of Reading October 10, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Remember the scene in “2001: A Space Odyssey” where Dave the astronaut is locked out of his orbiting spaceship by the evil computer, HAL 9000? The dialogue runs: Dave: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL? HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you. Dave: Open the pod bay doors, Hal. HAL: I’m sorry, […]
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