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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Morality by John Simon

Clearly, justice must be the same for all, but is this not true also of morality? Yet for some people, under certain circumstances, this is hardly the case. There exist certain persons by wh…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Beginnings by John Simon

Like first impressions in life, and rather more so, first impressions, i.e., beginnings in fiction matter. They may not be quite all important, but they do invite and influence readership.Ta…

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Fetish, Anyone? by John Simon

Fetishes are called kinks or perversions and refer to any deviance from the accepted “normal” sexual practice. But is there not a certain flexibility allowed for them? Homosexuality, for…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

POLITICS by John Simon

Politics is a mug’s game, and by mug I don’t mean Donald Trump’s countenance that television would have me contemplate with scant respite. Mrs. Clinton looks more presentable, by which…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

ESSAY by John Simon

This was a brief introductory comment to a prize-giving dinner for student essayists at Hunter College.I would imagine that all of you have heard of the Pen Club, the premier international o…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

FRANCE by John Simon

I have always been a Francophile, hugely fond of France. There has been only one thing that I didn’t like about it: the French. To be exact, not all the French, only the petit bourgeois va…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rhyme by John Simon

What does the expression “without rhyme or reason” tell us about rhyme? It seems to me to mean that, along with reason, it is one of two valid alternative modes of expression, at least i…

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mistakes, Minor and Major by John Simon

Let me start with a postscript to a previous blog entry about obesity. There is a plea on ABC television for locating missing children, which provides a picture and description of them, and,…

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Obesity by John Simon

Any discussion of obesity comes down to the not particularly friendly contest between thick and thin, with the body as the chief battleground. Mostly the female nude, because that has been t…

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Memory by John Simon

Memory is one of our most interesting possessions; its failure, our possibly most grievous loss. What enhances its importance is its mystery, its surprises, its ultimate inscrutability.Its c…

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Naomi Wallace by John Simon

Naomi Wallace’s “Night Is a Room” was recently playing at the Signature Center, the third part of a trilogy from their playwright in residence. Wallace has received every conceivable a…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

UGLINESS by John Simon

A letter in the November 23rd New York Times from Bonnie Berry, the author of “Discrimination and Social Power,” expresses her approval of Julia Baird’s November 9th Op-Ed essay “Bei…

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Friday, October 9, 2015

What’s in a Name? by John Simon

This one really works only in German, but I’ll render it into English. “What’s the dog’s name?” the new maid asks. “Herkules,” says the mistress. “Herr Kules?” responds the…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Absurd by John Simon

A time when puny Roberta Vinci—bless her!—derails the elephantine Serena on her route to the Grand Slam, the moment is rife for a discussion of the Absurd, which I deliberately capitaliz…

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Ljiljana by John Simon

Her name was Ljiljana, Serbian for Lilian, and she was my first love. To be sure, in kindergarten I was smitten with Milica, who did not reciprocate, but that doesn’t count anyway. One had…

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Thursday, July 23, 2015


What is being a sports fan really about? Is it just like an addiction to chess or light beer or mashed potatoes? Well, no; it’s more than that. It makes you a citizen of a parallel world.A…

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Monday, June 22, 2015

In Memoriam: James Salter by John Simon

Saturday, June 20, 2015. I read in the Times that the writer James Salter has died at age 90. He was a month younger than I, and a schoolmate in my senior year at the Horace Mann School (in …

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Monday, May 25, 2015


Milan Kundera's essays illuminate music, painting and writing in the context of what he calls a "post-art" era.

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Three Divas Founder in Pointless ‘Women on the Verge’: Review by John Simon

Heroic efforts from the remarkable singing actresses Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and Sherie Rene Scott and the equally accomplished Brian Stokes Mitchell can’t disguise the fact that &…

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Fractured Memoir by John Simon

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OH, THOSE OSCARS by John Simon

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