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20 Years of Wannabe

August 1996. Wellington, New Zealand. Bill and Hillary Clinton are in the White House, and no-one’s heard of Monica Lewinsky. I’m 13, my baby sister 9. She’s mainly been an annoyance to this point – something she’s not shaken in … Continue reading

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On Freedom

Listen to this while reading this. Or don’t. September 11 happened barely six weeks after my 18th birthday, and the world changed. America was shortly thereafter at war in Afghanistan, and then, with far weaker justification, with Iraq. Baby boomers … Continue reading

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Travels in Modistan, Part I

The new Sahar – sorry, Chhatrapati Shivaji – Airport in Bombay – sorry, Mumbai – is magnificent. The floors are made of marble. The immigration queues are efficient. The time taken from landing to entering my uncle’s waiting car – … Continue reading

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City Snippets

If someone wise never said that a chap should think seriously before he wanders into a bar alone – and by alone, I mean, with the sole purpose of being there on his own, without anyone waiting there or due … 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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A Weekend to Remember

Memorial Day weekend, 2013 has been a time of recovery – from a hectic-ish period at work, from a lot of poor eating and excessive drinking, and from an awful experience in Brooklyn last weekend that soured much of the … Continue reading

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