March 2, 2024 | Rome, Italy
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Cruise Control

“There’s also the matter of possessing women called Nicole, called Penelope, called Katie (the latest is most beloved), and what that means in the primeval canon of testosterone.”

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Benedict, Driving

"Mine, says Benedict, will be a papacy of ideas. The Pole was (how just to say it?) too geographical, too physical, too public. It’s hard to always adore so much motion."

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Birds of Rome

“You cannot have moist lips in the world of birds. People misunderstand. They imagine movie clips where construction workers whistle at passing girls.”

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Touch Me

At a cocktail party in Rome, women line up for inspection. They are 30, they are 40, they are 50. They have tanned skin and plasticized breasts.