John E. Simpson

running after my hat with something like ardour, and something like sacred joy [for which, yes: hat tip to GKC] http://johnesimpson.com/


Scribbling in Books

To “deface”? Or to “annotate”?


I developed a possessiveness about my books — my books, goddammit— by the time I turned twelve. That year, I bought…


Perfect Moments: The Boy, The Boy’s Father, The Sandwich


When The Boy grew up, he would tell people — with slight hesitation, thinking first of pizza — that his favorite food of all…


Carl Sagan, Geek Hero

I never knew him. Never even met him. And yet…


For the last several months, I’ve been watching the old Cosmos PBS series via streaming video…


Road Trips, Late 1950s 

How a suburban family of six did them, Dad (oh, Dad) at the wheel


These were not elaborate week- or month-long trips across continents…

Publications edited by John E. Simpson

You know you’ll remember them.

Whoops. Almost.

I don’t feel like going to school today.


Lost in Translation? Fiddle De-Dee!

The (frankly, my dear) damned exquisite disquiets of fame


Scarlett O’Hannson stood at the ticket-vending machine in the…


The Great Google Books Hack

Occam’s Jigsaw: because the simplest explanations are sometimes just so damned dull


Scribbling in Books

To “deface”? Or to “annotate”?


I developed a possessiveness about my books — my books, goddammit— by the time I turned twelve. That year, I bought…