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    Bold new fork

    COVID ruined many of America’s independent bookshops. But some adopted novel culinary survival methods. And they've worked, writes Stewart Lawrence.

Call him Cassandra

I recently participated in a panel discussion held in Stockholm that purported to address two only vaguely related subjects, historical revisionism and climate change. [...]

Four little peppers

I love peppers — at least the red, yellow, and brown peperoni, the Spanish pimientos de Padrón, the hot little pepperoncini, and the young [...]

Fraternal heretics

My ailing plumber resides in one of Dante’s less agreeable “new normal” cellars. He is desperately ill with liver cancer and its predatory offshoots, [...]

Securing the set

In late October, film-making faced its worst-case scenario. On the New Mexico set of the Western “Rust,” the actor Alec Baldwin inadvertently shot and [...]

A shaky Union

These are difficult times for the European Union. As it marks the twentieth anniversary of the introduction  of its common currency, the euro, Union [...]

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Securing the set

November 18th, 2021|

In late October, film-making faced its worst-case scenario. On the New Mexico set of the Western “Rust,” the actor Alec [...]

Letter from Milan

November 18th, 2021|

In October, I was finally able to return to Milan, where I lived for almost thirty years. I had not [...]

A shaky Union

November 16th, 2021|

These are difficult times for the European Union. As it marks the twentieth anniversary of the introduction  of its common [...]

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Study abroad… at home in Iowa

November 13th, 2021|

I’m spending the fall in Iowa as part of my doctoral degree program. It’s like study abroad — but in [...]

Film review: “Dune”

November 12th, 2021|

Film is by its nature larger than life. Science fiction filmmaking takes that a step further by trying to create [...]

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Italy’s two COVID faces

November 12th, 2021|

Italy continues to represent something of a paradox when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which it has handled [...]

Mortal man’s dilemma

November 11th, 2021|

To you, the readers of this oration of mine, my scrawl, I must immediately confess two truths. My name is [...]

Ash to ash

November 7th, 2021|

In the years before his death earlier this year at the age of 89, my erudite brother had turned away [...]

Tea and oranges

November 7th, 2021|

An old friend calls to have a chat. We say this and that, exchange helloes, answer each other’s “How are [...]

The American Mag

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