Quick Hits

A couple of quick things. I’m running behind, and the computer decided to go through its interminable update this morning. This truly depressing story shouldn’t have to happen. I hope the cities get their sidewalks. P.S. What are “signalized crosswalks”?

AT&T had a massive failure of Uvoice yesterday. The problem may or may not have spread to TV before repairs could be made. But no one is saying why it happened except that it was an equipment problem. How helpful.

Am still behind on magazines but took great joy in a Jill Lepore’s April 19 essay “Untimely.” I had no idea of the depth of the “spat” between editor Harold Ross of The New Yorker and the owner, publisher, etc. of Time, Life, Fortune, etc. Henry Luce. My previous acquaintance with the conflict, which seems to me far greater than a spat (one commenter termed it a feud), was a sentence from a profile of Luce that appeared in The New Yorker in 1936. The denizens of Gotham (how Times-ish) took issue with the plebian pub’s syntax and skewered it with the following: “Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind.” Love it! Our family always read both but gave up Time long before The New Yorker.

What’s Andrew Weil trying to tell me? The same issue of The New Yorker contained a piece on the families that own and operate tugboats in our rivers and on the high seas. (Link is just to the synopsis because the story has gone into the archives). One of the old salts mentioned that Weil had tried to hire on as a deckhand but that he seemed “unnatural.” Mind you, the speaker on occasion wears high heels and a feather boa, so considering the source, I’d look for a second, third and fourth opinion.

I wouldn’t have noticed Weil’s name except that I had just finished reading a copy of the NY Times Book Review from March 21 that included a blurb on The Harvard Psychedelic Club. Names included in the subtitle were Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and … Andrew Weil. He sought out Leary et al. but wasn’t allowed in on the experiments because he was an undergrad. That must have been the only rule those other guys didn’t break. Anyway, the reviewer thought Weil was a hypocrite for first criticizing Leary & Co. and then co-opting their methods to become a multi-millionaire health guru. All of this info may be the second source.

P.S. The issue of Time that contained my mother’s death notice had Dr. Andy on the cover. One of the last books I gave her was his Spontaneous Healing. But she would never use a doctor if she wanted to communicate with me.


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