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In the Queue

Edsel Ford, detail from Diego Rivera's murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1932.

Edsel Ford, detail from Diego Rivera’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1932.

Limited posting lately. Sorry about that. It’s not just that there are things to do at work. Also, our house is a disaster area, as we’ve emptied out the kitchen and assorted other rooms for remodeling, and Gail is at it almost full time, going through decades of collected stuff. When not at work, I should be helping, not sitting here writing posts. Hence, I haven’t written about the following topics (and more):

1. Our experience in the Diamond Club at Safeco Field last Saturday. I wrote about the Mariners game only in the context of getting a Felix Hernandez bobblehead doll. But much more happened.

2. The two books I thought I would read once I finished Amanda Foreman’s A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War (only to read Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers instead), the two books I decided to read on finishing The Flamethrowers, and the book that I surprised myself by turning to two nights ago after watching the first episode of the TV series Breaking Bad.

3. The new train from Boston to the Cape, a photo of Michael Dukakis walking off the train, and some thoughts.

4. Guantánamo and Obama. Words and actions.

5. A fabulous new result in number theory, the rare mathematical theorem that gets coverage in the national press (NYT, NPR). I don’t usually write about mathematics, but this story is too wonderful to pass up. If I ever get to it.

6. The selling of Detroit. News that Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager of Detroit put in place in March by Governor Rick Snyder, is considering selling off the multibillion-dollar collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

7. The Masters. It may seem that I abandoned the plan for a second post on attending the Masters golf tournament last month. In my first post, I talked about everything but the course and the golf. I reserved that, and photos, for the second. I hope still to write it.

8. The NYT Sunday Vows feature and brilliant commentary on it that Russ introduced me to and that I’ve meant to write about for months.

Stay tuned.

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