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Gin Palaces Reconsidered

Gin Palaces Reconsidered

According to W. Somerset Maugham, materially one must live on the razor’s edge...

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The Short Smoker Strikes Again

The Short Smoker Strikes Again

These are the languid, sensuous days of summer, and I’ve had another birthday,...

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Across the Isles

Across the Isles

The wind is maddening and constant, and gets stronger as the sun falls under the...

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The View From the Taverna

The View From the Taverna

Nestled under the Acropolis, snug and safe among the ancient ruins of a long-ago...

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An Orgy of Politesse

An Orgy of Politesse

We all agree that a world without manners would make this a pretty grim place to...

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Once More, the Mysterious Wound

Once More, the Mysterious Wound

I think back to my Greek childhood and longing for the once coziest and most...

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Arabian Fights

Arabian Fights

I have signed an affidavit for a hearing this week in the High Court stating that...

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London Fog

London Fog

Wow, what a week. London may be bad for one’s health, but it sure makes it fun...

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Big Fat Greek Weddings

Big Fat Greek Weddings

Tempus sure fugit, and how. Twenty years ago today, Thursday, July 2, 1995,...

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Absinthe Minded

Absinthe Minded

Last Wednesday, June 24, Pugs held a luncheon in honor of our first member to...

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Something’s Very Wrong Here

Something’s Very Wrong Here

When I founded The American Conservative magazine 13 years ago–the purpose being...

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Hellenic Handbasket

Hellenic Handbasket

There’s nothing to add about the clowns in Brussels and Athens but a Yogi Berra...

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A Vast Ornithology

A Vast Ornithology

The last week in Gotham was exceptional fun. A Broadway play—compliments of the...

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What’s Real and What’s Imagined

What’s Real and What’s Imagined

An operation on my hand after a karate injury has me reading more than usual, and...

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