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Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness


It's been a while since I was up at an hour to take this photograph. To be awake enough to take it, that is.

It's another lovely day. I've got a Remicade infusion in the middle of the afternoon, and I'm happy to say that I feel as though I don't need it. That's the idea. I have a friend who also takes the drug - he's getting an infusion himself, today, as it happens, but at a different place. Because he worries about becoming resistant to Remicade, he spaces his infusions more widely than comfort would dictate, and endures about a week of feeling wretched before each refill. It's true that he's much younger than I am, and has a longer dependency to look forward to.

Nicholas Lemann explains the Judith Miller case in the current New Yorker. I must say that I was puzzled when the Times sprang to the defense of a reporter who seemed to have lost her credibility, and gallantly pumped out editorials urging her release from jail. Well, good for the Times. But Mr Lemann makes it pretty clear that Ms Miller went to jail not in defense of the First Amendment but in order to protect Team Cheney. Glad I never really felt sorry for her.


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We have lived together too long, I fear. I said the exact same thing to myself as I walked to the subway this morning.The only difference is, I don't remember whose poem it is and I know you do.

come on rj, why would this lassie go to jail to protect team cheney. what do they put in the new york city drinking water. keep happy

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Please, Judy Miller is a joke. This article was fantastic. I hope Nick Lemann gets the praise he deserves. An excellent piece.

Thanks for getting me to look it up: From John Keats' (1795-1821) poem, To Autumn. 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run.'

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