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My nominee for the one of the best blogs to come down the pike in recent years. (For magicians and non-magicians alike.)

http://jackshalom.net/
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Whoa, thanks very much Bob. That was completely unexpected!
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"Only the unbirded raspberries remain

To be picked by other fingers;"

Jack Shalom

Thank You Bob

Lots of good reading there.
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Wait--you mean people actually read this stuff? Now you tell me! Smile
Thanks, Destiny.
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Oh Landmark - although I knew I'd heard the name, I never put two and two together because I think of you as, well... Landmark. Smile

As a frustratee with a computer loaded with unfinished writings I particularly enjoyed your musings on authorship.

* and I thought your thanks to Bob indicated gratitude for pointing you in the direction of some writing you enjoyed. I feel pretty silly now. Smile

There is some talent amongst us - Bob himself is a fine writer because he is a great story teller, and this post alerted me to something I intend reading when I have some time free - the sample is certainly promising. http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=32
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Yes, I listened to Tony's clip as well, and it sounded fascinating.
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My post today on my blog concerns Richard Kaufman. I think you may enjoy reading it:
http://jackshalom.net/2014/12/10/the-professional-amateur/
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Nice article. But what I want to know is what your findings were about the elephant who apparently paints self portraits.
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Bob, the follow up to the elephant story was posted here:
http://jackshalom.net/2014/11/13/portrai......part-ii/
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Thanks. Don't know how I managed to miss that!
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My blog post today may be of interest to those interested in magic. (So is this post now in the wrong place? Smile )

See jackshalom.net It concerns lying, Will, and the world.
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Is it just me, or is there a nod to Simon Lovell in there? The details are left to the [other] reader[s].
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Simon does a lot to be self-effacing in performance. One important strategy which I didn't mention in the essay is the use of self-deprecating humor as a means to make the triumph of the will less overbearing.
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I was actually referring to the 4 of clubs...
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Ah, no, that was a direct quote from Gerry Deutsch's Genii post.
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Wow. Time flies. It's the one-year anniversary of my blog. I had no idea I would still be doing this at this point. Much thanks and gratitude for the support.

Today, as a marker, I put together a list of my 30 under-the-radar favorite posts:

http://jackshalom.net/2015/11/02/a-one-y......r-posts/
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I look forward to the email summary of Jack's blog every day. He even inspired me to start my own blog, but I'm nowhere near as diligent.

Congratulations on your one-year achievement, Jack!
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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Thanks, John.

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but I'm nowhere near as diligent...


...and nowhere near as retired.
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I just came across this and there are some very good pieces on here. I loved the one about old books. Struck a chord with me. I will be reading more. Thanks, Jack.
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A funny Jack Nicholson story you might enjoy:
http://jackshalom.net/2015/11/08/the-joker/
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