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How Sherlock Changed Everything ….

It’s always amazed me that Sherlock Holmes has his own independent life. He’s more than Conan Doyle’s creation; he’s his own man, more real than his author. And it’s not Conan Doyle who changed the world by anticipating modern day

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Writing in a world awash in words

Years ago, when I went to college in San Francisco, I was distressed by the numbers of people who wanted to write. My writing was to be special – more stylish, more moving, more profound than theirs. Besides, I had

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Truth and fiction

History is after all only a pack of tricks we play on the dead,” said Voltaire. Well, maybe it’s not quite that bad–but memory is certainly unreliable. There are as many versions of history as there are historians. There are

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Another effort to talk about our “reality”—crazed culture

In my last post I worried that I got off point and started talking in meaningless riddles. You may remember (and if you don’t, it’s near the conclusion of the post):“We’re all in the movie. There’s no distance and no

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The peril of watching television in the morning

I don’t usually watch television in the morning, but it was Saturday and it was on, and one of the morning hosts was doing a special on the increasing theat to privacy in our culture, especially because of the Internet,

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Faye and the Doppleganger

She asks me to meet her at the coffee shop at Port Authority. Her bus will arrive at nine this evening. Where will you be coming from? I ask, thinking that I can meet her at the bus and convince

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A rehash of the previous post on memory

Is truth getting more and more complicated, or is it just my imagination?

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Confession in a late age. Part 2

To continue from the last post with Daniel Mendelsohn’s essay (which is actually a book review, but the book doesn’t sound nearly as interesting as Mendelsohn himself): A decade and a half ago, the distinguished critic William Glass fulminated against

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