Book Review: Colin Thubron’s Shadow of the Silk Road

“The author travels not just roads and paths through mountains and deserts, he also travels in time, venturing back along a route some believe to be 10,000 years old.” The history of the Orient is written on silk. Silk worm cultivation probably began 4000 years before Christ; 3500 years before the Golden Age of Greece;…


Book Review: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

“This is one of the half dozen best novels I’ve ever read” I have found a book: The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I finished it at a whip’s pace, having read it in only two sittings. I can honestly say that it is one of the half-dozen best novels I have read (in the company…


Seeking Flut

So this lady in my seniors/exercise/weight loss and cardiac rehab class says to me during warm-up: “Why, you’re just sooo graceful.” To which I reply: “Madam, sarcasm does not become you.” Which was true because she was all puff ugly race walking at two miles per hour on a creaky old treadmill. After all, I’m…


A Mock Wedding

Excerpt from “WE DIDN’T GET FAT AND WE DID HAVE FUN” – Boyhood Tales From The Thirties, which Ken hopes to get published. There was a girl named Sarah Whittaker who lived a couple of blocks north of my house. We had the same birthday, so we had some birthday parties together. For this reason,…


Book Review: Stephen King’s “11/22/63”

Revisits a Dark Day in Dallas Stephen King’s novel “11/22/63” is about a man travelling back in time to try and stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy – and thus change history. The book opens with a quote from Norman Mailer. He writes, “It is virtually not assimilable to our reason that a small…


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