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A Bibliophile Laments the Closing of Stores, the Loss of Community

I woke up this past Sunday morning to learn of another bookstore closing…some may call it a loss due to the global economy or even the free market at work. 1,256 more words

Adam Gopnik

[743] Paris to the Moon - Adam Gopnik

“What truly makes Paris beautiful is the intermingling of the monumental and the personal, the abstract and the footsore particular, it and you. A city of vast and impersonal set piece architecture, it is also a city of small and intricate, improvised experience.”(8) 241 more words


Lone Protester Vicki Rovere Opposes PEN's Decision To Honor Charlie Hebdo

Last night outside the PEN American Center’s literary gala at the American Museum of Natural History, which was guarded by a phalanx of armed police men, Vicki Rovere stood holding a poster that read: “Free speech does not deserve death/Abusive speech does not deserve an award.” She was protesting PEN’s decision to honor the French satirical magazine  1,632 more words

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Essay 3 for Social Europe

This is an essay I wrote about the coherency of social policy projected by the EU for a graduate level class called Social Europe.
Essay 3: How well has the EU done in building or projecting a coherent set of social values in the policy areas that affect its citizens across the member-states?  1,815 more words


Mad Men shows us the changes of the river. It shows us a society disrupted by the pill and the civil rights movement and Vietnam. But Don remains the same, forever stuck in his own status quo.

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One ex-acquaintance of mine – an ultra-hip New Yorker – once told me, in all seriousness, that she refused to listen to Frank Sinatra because he wore a toupee. 227 more words

Culture Shock: Paris to Arkansas, Reflections on Three Months Abroad, Part VIII

Part VIII: The Red Wheelbarrow, Second Time Around

December 7, 2014

On the train to Arles in the south of France that evening in 2009, and on the days following, I relived Hemingway’s days in Paris. 1,111 more words

Travel Essay