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J.P. Devine
  • Published
    June 10, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: Ray has passed

    "Dead" is such a sharp, brittle word. "Deceased" is a morgue word, an obit phrase. The old black people of my childhood seemed to concur on "passed."

  • Published
    June 3, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: Respect for men, women in blue

    She was in the kitchen making afternoon coffee when she heard the knock on the door. She wiped her hands and went to answer it.

  • Published
    May 27, 2012

    When citizens became heroes

    They were there. They were very much there. They were like a great forest of tall trees that filled the space around our childhoods. They made us chocolate sodas and filled our gas tanks, sold us insurance, bagged our groceries, and healed our wounds. They were so tall, both in body and spirit, that they blocked the cold winds and the harsh suns of childhood from us. And then they were gone.

  • Published
    May 20, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: Brody gets baptized

    Brody is being christened today. He is not of my blood, only the issue of young friends of mine, so she, who will not pass up a chance to cry at a wedding or christening, is taking me along with her to the event.

  • Published
    May 20, 2012

    Brody gets baptized

    Brody is being christened today. He is not of my blood, only the issue of young friends of mine, so she, who will not pass up a chance to cry at a wedding or christening, is taking me along with her to the event.

  • Published
    May 13, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: A rose for Loretta

    Breaking news: In October 1991, a 5,000-year-old tattooed man made the headlines of newspapers all over the world when his frozen body was discovered on a mountain between Austria and Italy. You can Google it. I did.

  • Published
    May 13, 2012

    Perfect gift for her day

    Breaking news: In October 1991, a 5,000-year-old tattooed man made the headlines of newspapers all over the world when his frozen body was discovered on a mountain between Austria and Italy. You can Google it. I did.

  • Published
    May 6, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: Missing Eliot, facing 80

    When I was young and chasing ballerinas, actresses, and tall, dark coffee shop cashiers through the canyons of Manhattan, growing old rarely occurred to me.

  • Published
    May 6, 2012

    T.S. Eliot, and aging

    When I was young and chasing ballerinas, actresses, and tall, dark coffee shop cashiers through the canyons of Manhattan, growing old rarely occurred to me.

  • Published
    April 29, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: Jack won’t hit the road

    By now Seamus, the Romneys’ Irish Setter, has found himself a place in political literature, and has almost replaced Lassie as the most famous dog in American history.

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