Paris Terror Attacks

This is the world we live in now: I was having a beer with a friend last night. He got up and left the table for a minute. Naturally, being a creature of these times, I took out my phone and checked Facebook. “Ben __ checked in as safe at Paris Terror Attacks”. WTF?? Facebook now has several pages, events

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The Speed of Time

I was at a bar with my friend M., a retired NYPD cop who’s fled America just as I have. We were conversing with the bartender, an older man who’s worked at that same bar since he was 15. He talked about how he’s worked there for 50 years and how close he was to the owners; they were like family.

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Lost

I’m rushing through the streets to my first appointment with a new osteopath. I’ve been suffering from various ailments lately: tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, numbness in both hands. Stiff joints. Back pain. In short: I feel like shit lately. I’m running about 5 or 10 minutes late. Just as I jaywalk through an intersection only two blocks away from his office, I spot

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Some Secrets of Mine

Here are some facts about me that were hidden to myself until I started to do some thoughtful investigation over the winter. I’m a little nervous putting this out on the internet, but at this stage of the game I think it’s necessary for my further progress. 1) Though I enjoyed immense material privileges as a citizen of the world’s (formerly) most powerful imperialist

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The First Time I Tried to Listen to Flamenco

The first time I listened to flamenco — I mean really tried to hear it — I was alone on the beach with my mobile phone and headphones. I thought, “I live in Spain, so I should really try to understand flamenco.” This was something I said to myself about once a year; one of those tasks that you assign yourself hoping to become a better person. Of course I’d

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