Monthly Archives: June 2014

That PC Thing

A few days ago I was talking with my friend Mike, a writer and founder of the Arlington Writers’ Group in northern Virginia. He’d read a blog I recently wrote about rising anti-Semitism in France, and the chat drifted to … Continue reading

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Merde!

It’s sad when one has to admit being embarrassed by one’s country of birth. Normally, I’m almost stupidly proud of France. I defend the place and its inhabitants whenever detractors–and there are many–surface, and I’m pretty good at justifying French … Continue reading

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Ordinary People

There are inexplicable things. On a warm spring day in my small town, a short and squat Asian woman waits by the bus stop. She is the personification of every National Geographics photo of Mongolian femininity. Only the yurt is … Continue reading

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Communications

For the past several years I’ve been getting my hair cut every six weeks or so by a very nice Ethiopian woman. The challenge is to somehow dissimulate my growing bald spot without making it too obvious, and she does … Continue reading

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The Coffee Shop, Part II

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my favorite coffee shop, where the bagels are fresh and the coffee satisfying, but the service is execrable unless a crew of West African is working the morning shift. There are four … Continue reading

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At the Local Coffee Shop

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