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December 4, 2022 | Rome, Italy
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  • Words from the darkness

    An author, an editor, his vision all but gone, revives himself at his doctor’s wise behest.

The spirit of Catanzaro

Italy has long been modern Europe’s foremost repository for offhand clichés. Italians, according to other Europeans, simply could not (and would not) do right [...]

Sue, New York, and I

Our daughter Laura and her long-term fiancé, Alessandro, got married a few weeks ago. The newlyweds traveled to Miami and embarked on a fifteen-day [...]

Why actors act

I was in Edinburgh for the Fringe festival, where I was putting on a show I wrote. It’s the largest art festival in the [...]

Back to normal

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. • Albert Einstein  I have gone from washing laundry in a bucket [...]

Tomato terror

Once upon a time, caterpillars almost put columnist Suzanne Dunaway off of gardening — but she found a way to defeat them.

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Why actors act

October 23rd, 2022|

I was in Edinburgh for the Fringe festival, where I was putting on a show I wrote. It’s the largest [...]

The Queen’s Suite

October 22nd, 2022|

In 1958, Queen Elizabeth II and jazz legend Duke Ellington met for the first time at an arts festival in [...]

Back to normal

October 17th, 2022|

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. • Albert Einstein  I have gone from washing [...]

Tomato terror

September 29th, 2022|

Once upon a time, caterpillars almost put columnist Suzanne Dunaway off of gardening — but she found a way to defeat them.

Bare male flesh

September 22nd, 2022|

It was not my express intention, but during my travels this summer I saw a lot of naked male flesh. [...]

A quiet fortune

September 22nd, 2022|

Every August, a box arrives on my front porch, marked “fragile,” although there’s nothing breakable inside. Just perishable. A dozen [...]

Under the rainbow serpent

September 20th, 2022|

The poet arrived at my doorstep on a rainy winter’s night, like the traveler in Italo Calvino’s story, led by [...]

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Following a thread of Anderson’s

September 13th, 2022|

Paul Thomas Anderson has proven he knows his way around the most inaccessible regions of the human heart. An explorer [...]

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Solitude in Mustang

September 9th, 2022|

Up on the roof of the world, people's priorities are different and humanity is saner.

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