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Why Roy Cohn is not one of the world’s most evil men

October 10, 2019 12:24 pm

He may have had a gruff exterior but I always thought he was gooey inside

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I am a part of Batavia, New York

October 9, 2019 12:00 pm

My friend Henry W. Clune used to say that all he ever really wanted was to appear considerable in the eyes of his hometown

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Rednecks are the least racist people in America

October 5, 2019 11:56 am

I didn’t even know racism was a thing until I moved to New York and my socioeconomic betters told me so

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An elegy for New York

September 26, 2019 7:15 am

The city’s character has been irretrievably lost

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Why I prefer cows to humans

September 19, 2019 11:24 am

The four-legged beasts are an improvement on the kind of tourists we’ve been getting of late

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My puppy-training advice for Boris Johnson

September 19, 2019 11:06 am

Our grandchildren are suddenly lining up to come and stay

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Why are Americans afraid to grow up?

September 18, 2019 11:56 am

Youth used to come with serious expectations

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The anti-KonMari method: the case for material attachment

September 14, 2019 9:06 am

Life can get messy

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Inside the unassuming house where the Brontës’ creativity thrived

September 12, 2019 12:42 pm

I come in search of Emily’s gothic imagination and Charlotte’s eye for plot but find fabrics and beads behind glass

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The mysterious ways of the French

September 5, 2019 10:50 am

Everything in this country is as strange to me today as it was five years ago

seattle cities

Do progressive municipal leaders want their cities to fail?

September 3, 2019 3:26 pm

Maybe they are nurturing the crisis to push through with their singular vision to cure all of mankind’s ills

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How to be a man

August 29, 2019 11:38 am

Manhood is having a sense of duty that means you never leave a wife, but also a sense of entitlement that means you never give up a mistress

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Upper East Side dinners with Bret Easton Ellis and Tom Wolfe

August 22, 2019 8:28 am

The evenings were informal and relaxed

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The astonishing resilience of my beach paradise

August 22, 2019 8:14 am

There is evidence of the effects of climate change, but the marine environment bounces back quickly

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A vacation in Greenland

August 21, 2019 8:13 am

For a country where people cling to the edges of a vast land mass, local identity seems important

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Walmart shouldn’t be selling dildos

August 16, 2019 8:57 am

Let others fill that niche

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Another birthday has got me down, but the alternative is being dead

August 15, 2019 11:06 am

I’ve never felt younger, but I have to stop giving advice to people

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The spooky side of Savannah

August 8, 2019 1:55 pm

It might be exhausting to live here, but it’s friendly to visit

acropolis

Standing on the Acropolis brings out the Greek in me

August 8, 2019 9:41 am

Greece for me is territorial, but for many foreigners it is cultural and artistic

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How to boil a frog

August 3, 2019 3:35 pm

Cyril Ramaphosa’s versatile simile has much to teach us

A trip to Dartmoor Prison with my grandson and his cousin

August 1, 2019 2:59 pm

Nine-year-old Oscar is a mentor to eight-year-old Lucas

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Chatting to Bob Geldof about Boris Johnson and Brexit

August 1, 2019 2:36 pm

Even Bob admits that Brexit has concentrated the minds of those lying bureaucrats in Brussels

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No ‘cool’ people here: the joys of Serifos

July 25, 2019 11:18 am

Go to any island and you’ll see the men working and the women holding forth as mothers and housewives

samburu

Memories of my childhood in Samburu

July 25, 2019 11:10 am

My best friend Damayon went off to join the warrior age set: I never saw him again

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Italy, in seven hours and five trains

July 18, 2019 12:14 pm

People laughed when I told them my plan but nothing beats the window seat of a stopping train hugging the Ligurian coast