Monthly Archives: May 2013

Melodies in the Closet

TURNS OUT THAT FOR YEARS, lyricist Ira Gershwin kept his late brother’s unpublished compositions– sheets and sheets of music titled “Melody 37” and “Melody 5,” etc. – in a closet. Millions of ears otherwise unfamiliar with the sound of the … Continue reading

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Birthmarks

AS ALL THREE OF MY boys relaxed in the sudsy tub one night last week, Carl told Andy that his school friends called the brown birthmark under his chin “poop.” “Yeah, Tarl,” Andy said, mispronouncing his brother’s name at day’s … Continue reading

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