Category Archives: Pop Culture

Some Brief Weddings Notes, 10 April 2016

Much has happened in the eighteen months since I last looked at the New York Times Weddings Section in any depth. For one, I’m not presently living in New York, although I miss it dearly and often. But sometimes, you need to … Continue reading

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Marriages that Mattered, 5 October 2014

Listen to this while reading. There’s a lot to love about my favourite featured story in this week’s New York Times Weddings section. The bride went to a private school in Los Angeles. She followed this with film studies at Columbia. This … Continue reading

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New York State of Nostalgia

It’s a confusing time to be a chap in his 30s in this city. We can’t really run, bare-chested, through Central Park at the moment, depriving us of some major physical release. Doing so in these temperatures would mean freezing … Continue reading

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What I Like About You

The Times this week has a piece about an anthology of people’s goodbyes to New York. The genre has its roots in Joan Didion’s “Goodbye to All That”, which was first published in 1967. Didion’s essay is turning 50 in … Continue reading

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Two Plays, and Eight Paragraphs About Them

Christopher Hitchens once said that he came from a family of people who were “Tories but with nothing to be Tory about”. This seems to be a fair description of the family that is the main subject of “The Winslow … Continue reading

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Fry, Laurie, Friendship, and Me

(I’m talking about things that matter a lot to me here. This is long and bound to be soppy. I apologise for the boredom in advance if you carry on. Like most men, though, I make no apologies for the excessive length.) I … Continue reading

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The New Season

I haven’t written anything here for a while. I should like to blame this absence on some painful internal tumult which was caused by a combination of wine, women, and song. Other than a lot of time spent thinking about Robin Thicke’s summer … Continue reading

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