Category Archives: Books

The efficiency expert

I’ve written about this before, about how preoccupied I am with efficiency; about how growing up one of my very favorite books was Cheaper By the Dozen, written by a guy with twelve children who, fortunately, was an efficiency engineer. … Continue reading

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Witness the (I truly hope) ever blooming flower garden. I planned it myself, using this very cool book that is right up my alley because it has graph paper (OCD I’ve been called!). We’ll see if it lives up to … Continue reading

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Heidi McSweeney

I found this picture of her the other day, and thought I would write about my adolescent crush on her and how I realized, halfway through A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, that the tragic death of the mother Dave … Continue reading

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Life, cartoons and art

I stole a cartoon from this book the other day, the cartoon where Mankoff is chronicling his life in tiny dots that even as he makes them are slipping through the hourglass counting down his life. If only I could … Continue reading

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Why are you writing a blog, anyway?

It’s what some friends ask me, mostly those who have no interest in reading it. Well, this is why. Hidden in this cartoon are lots of reasons, brilliantly conveyed by Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor of the New Yorker. His … Continue reading

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