A happy retirement
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A happy retirement

When you work for a company — or are building your own business — you need to make compromises for the long-term. You might have to travel a lot, obey commands from a stupid boss, or perform in ways that create ethical compromises. And you’ll probably be working harder, and more hours, than you’d like,…

Use the good silver

Use the good silver

We recently decided to use the good silver every day. It feels great. Years ago, my wife received monogrammed silver flatware from her mother, who is now sadly gone. (Her mother had had her own silver, which was stolen; she used the insurance money to replace it with silver monogrammed with her daughters’ initials.) For…

I was a huge nerd

I was a huge nerd

My high school and college years were crammed with full frontal nerdity . . . in contrast to the suave, successful authorial persona I now exude. Here’s a sampling. As you’ll see, my late, dearly loved friend Josh Friedman was a frequent partner in this unabashed nerdity, and my brother (now a math professor) was…

If books are so great, why is it so hard to give them away?
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If books are so great, why is it so hard to give them away?

Books are great individually. But in big bunches, they’re not as sacred as they once were. I’m in the process of moving and I have a lot of books. I’ve been collecting science fiction books since I was a teenager — I’ve accumulated hundreds of hardbacks and hundreds more in paperback, with special bookcases to…