Twenty Thousand Hertz

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Twenty Thousand Hertz

What Is This? is the personal weblog of David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.


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Recent Posts

Outsiders Hope for Jobs in Trump Administration

In which I am interviewed by Marketplace on NPR

On Hangovers

A real hangover is nothing to try out family remedies on. The only cure for a real hangover is death. Robert Charles Benchley

On Counting …

We get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your […]

On Walking …

“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” Sir Noël Coward

On Privilege

A human being whose life is nurtured in an advantage which has accrued from the disadvantage of other human beings, and who prefers that this should remain as it is, is a human being by definition only, having much more in common with the bedbug, the tapeworm, the cancer, and the scavengers of the deep […]

In Order Categorical

Happy birthday to Sir W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan. There are no words to convey the joy we had cleaning the house on the weekends while dancing and singing The Pirates of Penzance with mom. She had a beautiful singing voice and knew the entire script for Angela Lansbury and Linda Ronstadt. (I played […]

On Action

Black care rarely sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough. Theodore Roosevelt

On Power …

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. Margaret Thatcher

Negative Space

A beautiful poem