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a reverse Benchley

04/11/14 08:29

At her show in Fort Lauderdale last night, Dita Von Teese got out of her dry clothes and into a wet martini glass.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized
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book lover

04/10/14 06:32

The Italian greyhound sat quietly on her mistress's lap during Suketu Mehta's one-hour reading from Maximum City, his brilliant book about Mumbai.

"She loves Books & Books," her mistress told me after the reading.

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medicine man

04/09/14 07:45

The doctor kept me waiting 45 minutes. When he arrived, he apologized, and when I went to get on the examining table, he invited me to sit in the chair, so we could "talk eye-to-eye." When mine dropped down, they settled on his socks, which had a design of pink, purple and white horizontal stripes. When you wear a white coat you have to rely on your footwear to show your flair. He complimented me on my bookbag, which he said looked "well-traveled." I should have complimented him on his socks.

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Listening to the news I keep thinking of Eric Weiner's book The Geography of Bliss, which lists, among unhappy countries, Russia and any country that has ever been in Russia's sphere of influence.

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If we've regained all the jobs lost in the Great Recession then how come my old newspaper doesn't have a book critic and a travel editor again?

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized

The lunch special was grilled calamari in a pesto sauce over a bed of arugula and bruschetta. I liked every word of that.

Then the dish arrived. As soon as I looked at the white rings of squid I remembered the story I’d heard on NPR a few months back reporting that some restaurants have been using pig rectums to stand in for squid. Granted, this was for fried calamari – on the theory that something that’s rubbery and fried tastes rubbery and fried – but the image has stuck in my mind. I ate my lunch but it wasn’t as enjoyable as I’d thought it would be.

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