Today’s Word: causerie (noun) –  A causerie (koh-zuh-REE) is an informal talk or chat or short essay. As used by Mark Twain in Essays on Paul Bourget: “I was once booked by my manager to give a causerie in the drawing-room of a New York millionaire.”

Did You Know?: A group of rhinos is called a crash.

Worth Quoting: “Anyone who retains the ability to see beauty does not grow old.” – Franz Kafka

What I’m Reading Now: Recommended by the president of my book club, The Emissary by Yoko Tawada (translated by Margaret Mitsutani) is odd. It’s the story of a man and his grandson in Japan some years in the future. The world has changed. Nearly everything is polluted. Young people are fragile and dying. Swaths of animal species are extinct. Countries and cultures have closed their doors to outsiders. Okay. I guess. But I don’t believe it. Also, I don’t understand it. I don’t understand it because the premise seems confused. I don’t believe it because it lacks verisimilitude. I can’t imagine the primary characters as real. But I’m only halfway through the book. Maybe that will change in the second half.

Something to Think About:

“Changing My Luck” by James Altucher

I’ve been thinking and writing a bit about the culture of blame. It’s more than culture, though. More personal. It’s a way of living. Here’s James Altucher’s take on it…