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Sy Safransky's Notebook

October 2004

The instructions that came with this incarnation aren’t easy to decipher. One sentence can take years, even decades, to figure out — and even then I can’t be certain I’ve got it right.

By Sy Safransky October 2004
Sy Safransky's Notebook

March 2004

I’m tired this morning after having stayed up too late last night. Apparently I still haven’t learned how to tell time. If the little hand is on the 11 or 12, and the big hand is reaching for the remote or something to eat, does this mean I have all the time in the world?

By Sy Safransky March 2004
Sy Safransky's Notebook

November 2003

The goddess of sleep wants more respect. Eight hours? I object. I tell her I used to get by on four. She tells me I was younger then. I tell her I don’t have time for this conversation.

By Sy Safransky November 2003
Sy Safransky's Notebook

October 2003

I stopped writing, but nothing else stopped. The days kept getting longer, then shorter, then longer again. The bombs fell, then stopped, then fell again.

By Sy Safransky October 2003
Sy Safransky's Notebook

February 2003

It’s temporary, I tell myself. Then I remember that’s true of everything: the blazing fire; our two gray cats; my lovely wife with her long graying hair. If only I never lost sight of this. If only I didn’t shut my eyes except to sleep.

By Sy Safransky February 2003
Readers Write

Going To Bed

A late night walk on the beach, Drambuie or bourbon, the dreaded Carrot Lady

By Our Readers June 2001
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Staying Awake

A still birth, a recipe for orange duck, a young professional pianist

By Our Readers February 2001
Readers Write


The thin wall between this world and the next, midnight letters, warm milk and molasses

By Our Readers May 2000