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Death stops time

In the June issue of Harper’s magazine, Geoff Dyer writes about the pictures photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews has taken of places where people died in World War I. Some are battlefields marked by graves or monuments. But they’re also of

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In the sunset of dissolution …

In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine. I don’t know why but a year or two ago, I copied this sentence in a notebook. It comes from “The Unbearable Lightness of

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The new book!

The Disappearance of the Tall Man in the High Hat is about a man who, sick of the present, with its divisions and disasters, decides to try to change it by changing the past.  Of course, the problem is access

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A safe box for things

The Old Shrubsbury School House Museum, perhaps the most important character in my books, is a safe box for things. You go in; you live with them, even if for only a few minutes. You share in the pasts of

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In old age we fill whole eras

I remember when my friend Wes died in the ‘80s, that I was surprised by the feeling that my life had been extended, not into the future but into the past. He left behind diaries and memorabilia, beginning in the

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How old are you?

I have often noticed and sometimes remarked on how, as I age, my self-image is different from what I see in a mirror. I’m not sure if any of us ever manage to coordinate the two. We continue to see

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Fragments of time

Most of us walk around with time strapped to our wrists, and most of our watches are digital. We see only one number at a time. On the other hand, for those of us who still use a circular clock

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The insignificance of us

How utterly strange, tentative and untethered our lives are. There are other words to describe our  situation—many, many of them—but I won’t try to come up with them here. Physicist and novelist Alan Lightman looks at “Our Place in the

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10,000 year-old-clock

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Some more poetry

William Butler Yeats wrote a good bit of poetry about growing older—I’m not sure why. But this is one of his best known. That is no country for old men. The young In one another’s arms, birds in the trees

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