Chappaqua

The Map.  In childhood I was given to improvising maps of small towns and villages.   I would often start with a stream, add a bridge, a railroad, then several roads that would converge at the town’s center.  And there would be a small park, a railroad station, a store, a post office, a school, a […]

The Explorer

Professional indexers do not often get a chance to index books they have written, an appealing idea I thought.  That was one of the reasons I agreed to ghostwrite a book on earth’s vanishing primitive peoples.   The author was Lewis Cotlow whose films and books included titles like Passport to Adventure, Amazon Head-Hunters,  Zanzabuku, or […]

Great Ones Must Not Unwatched Go

Why do we seek fame? John Milton had a famously simple answer in Lycidas.  It was an “infirmity,” some kind of flaw, possibly verging on the pathological; a human condition.  It “spurs” us on to noble deeds, though inevitably this “fair guerdon” is trumped by death.  And so fame is, or attempts to be, the […]