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by Hugh Gilmore, I promise you that this is not a downer column. But it has to start somewhere and it might as well be here, with this observation: You never know it's so quiet you could hear … more
Early days of the shutdown featured cleaned out shelves at Acme. by Hugh Gilmore Shutdown began here in Philadelphia on March 22. It seemed drastic, but not much worse than having the lifeguard … more
Is Donald Trump a sociopath? (Photo by Gage Skidmore) by Hugh Gilmore “I am sure that if the devil existed, he would want us to feel very sorry for him.” Martha Stout, "The Sociopath Next Door" … more
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum was supposed to provide a quiet retreat. (photo, Wikicommons) by Hugh Gilmore Years ago, early on a Sunday morning, I set out to take a birdwatching … more
Protestors at a reopen Ohio rally earlier this year. (Photo by Paul Becker/Wikicommons) by Hugh Gilmore This fever dream begins with a forced trip to the dentist. I could not reasonably put off … more
by Hugh Gilmore Watching the protests last week, I became curious about how the police were trying to control the crowds with, among other things, “rubber bullets” and “beanbags,” both … more
by Hugh Gilmore The nature writer and anthropologist Loren Eiseley was once out in the badlands of the American West with an order to capture something interesting – birds, reptiles, anything, … more
The author catches up on the news? In March I used some of my forced leisure to read several months of piled-up newspapers, mostly print and online versions of the New York Times. I wanted to sit, … more
by Hugh Gilmore In Part One I started a Time Journey with a broken old book and a glue pot. I run a business buying and selling old and rare books. Many have leather covers that still shine as … more
by Hugh Gilmore Last week I reached for the glue pot I keep on my desk and started a Time Journey.  In my business life I buy and sell old and rare books. Many of them are beat-up.  But … more
A Chinese collection of "Wit and Wisdom" contains a sentence that's lived a life of its own since I wrote it 30 years ago. By Hugh Gilmore  “The human mind is as driven to understand as the body … more
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, quilting or writing a novel or memoir? Writing … more
by Hugh Gilmore Back in 2007, I pitched my editor, Pete Mazzaccaro, on the idea that I’d like to document my attempt to read 100 books that year. One hundred is a golden round number. It sounds … more
Saratoga Spa State Park by Hugh Gilmore Last week’s opener of this story left me sitting in a Saratoga Springs bathhouse, “taking the waters.” The attendant said, “You’ll be here for a … more
A typical Saratoga Springs bathtub. by Hugh Gilmore Our educations come to us by degrees, measured not by B.A.s and M.A.s and Ph.D.s, but by insights about ourselves. I have often anticipated loving … more
Cover art for “The Mosquito.”[/caption] by Hugh Gilmore To whom should book or arts reviewers answer? Their editors? The readers of their column? The authors/artists? Perhaps the paying public?] … more
I'm sorry, Carson. by Hugh Gilmore One of my best friends, a guy I’ll call Toutovich, is personally well-acquainted with a macher – a real macher, you know, a book macher. A “macher” is a … more
Hugh Gilmore vacationing in Maine. by Hugh Gilmore The wind gusts are up to about 35 mph, the spindly spruce trees are bending halfway down to the lake, the lonesome-sounding loons are calling in … more
The Capitol Theater in Rome, New York. by Hugh Gilmore Only one person I'd asked knew where Rome, New York, is and none of them had ever actually been there. It's understandable – very few things … more
You can't get much more American than an empty, wide-open road. by Hugh Gilmore Part I: St. Kitts, BWI During the time I knew him, this fellow Richard was either on leave from or had temporarily … more
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