Shadow Souvenir

Taking pictures was not allowed inside the monolithic church at St. Emilion. I thought I did not mind this because while I was gobstruck by sheer effort of building this cathedral into — and out of — solid rock, there was actually not very much to see. But then I turned around and underneath one …
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Do You Know Who I Am?

Or: In which a prestigious publisher makes me feel like a jerk, I am mad about it, and as a result, I set a bridge on fire. Heads up: Inside baseball. Want out? I really liked this piece about reclaiming summer on Miss Expatria. I recently received an offer to contribute on a regular basis …
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The Castaways

Jim Abernethy, Ed Viars, Mark Bader, Pete Harris, and our private chef, Thierry Rautureau, at the Madison Valley Bastille Bash. Theirry sat in with the percussion section, adding some serious depth to the beat with the kitchen tongs and Weber grill. This is what I’m doing when I’m not writing.  I think my expression tells …
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I Am Not a Brand

At a press dinner a few weeks ago I meet a 20 something from Shanghai. He had terrific slang choked English and bleached hair and a lot of bracelets strung up his wrists. He’d been to New York and LA and loved them both. He was crazy for American television — he mentioned True Blood …
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