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Considering Cocktails

Considering Cocktails

Ten Favorites In a recent Time article, John Cloud, who covers health and science for the magazine, reported that “abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase …

 

Issue Five, February 7, 2012

Issue Five, February 7, 2012

 

That Labrador Life

That Labrador Life

by Jeff Bernstein Answer: A Labrador Retriever. Question: What is the meaning of existence? Energy/environmental lawyer and writer, Jeff Bernstein, a lifelong New Englander, divides his time between Boston …

 

Two Single Gentlemen

Two Single Gentlemen

“The Bachelor most joyfully In pleasant plight doth pass his daies, Good fellowship and companie He doth maintain and kepe alwaies.” —Thomas Evans, Old Ballads, Narrative and Historical (1777) “Hello, …

 

The British Invasion

The British Invasion

by Alan Ross Alan Ross worked in UK commercial radio from 1979 to 2013, and grew up listening to the British offshore “pirate radio” stations. He …

 

The Joy of Cookbooks

The Joy of Cookbooks

  For bedside reading, and indeed for reading at any time when a dose of comforting escapism is in order, nothing beats cookbooks. Along with visions …

 

Issue Four, December 8, 2011

Issue Four, December 8, 2011

 

 

Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

Jeff Brooks Fred Tierney, the vet who has cared for all my Pugs, was examining one of them when I noticed a print on his wall. What …

 

Mr. Mardi Gras

Mr. Mardi Gras

A few years before he died in 2005, Jack Stallworth, sitting on the porch of his gracious family home in Mobile, Alabama, and surrounded by …

 

Arf Arf

Arf Arf

Some Dogs of Fiction What dog lover hasn’t shed a quiet tear over a make-believe story of canine loyalty or heroics or just plain dog being …

 

Tea in the Afternoon

Tea in the Afternoon

Imagine his chagrin! Bodhidharma, the Great White Buddha and founder of the Zen sect, fell asleep during one of his sacred meditations. Alas, the little nap so …

 

Issue Three, October 11, 2011

Issue Three, October 11, 2011

 

 

A Portfolio of Flowers

A Portfolio of Flowers

Douglas Benezra I met Douglas Benezra in the early seventies when he was an art director at J. Walter Thompson, the advertising agency here in Manhattan. …

 

Kathy and Her Irish Setters

Kathy and Her Irish Setters

According to the American Kennel Club, Irish Setters now number 77 on the list of the most popular breeds in the country. It was a …

 

It’s Not Just the Food

It’s Not Just the Food

Ordering a new Worcester porcelain dinner service might not be something most people would do when adjusting to the complete loss of sight brought on …

 

From the Lighthouse

From the Lighthouse

Withernsea, on the East Yorkshire coast, is a funny little town. Alan Ross, a radio broadcaster who set up an oldies station in nearby Hull, describes …

 

Up in Central Park

Up in Central Park

One winter morning I was walking with Jane, my Pug, crossing from east to west along the northernmost stretch of bridle path. There were only …

 

Sampling la Cuisine Québécoise

Sampling la Cuisine Québécoise

Up until fairly recently, if you mentioned Québec cuisine to any gourmet, images of heavy, rib-sticking meals designed for people who worked in the bitterly …

 

Favorite Fiction

Favorite Fiction

In the early years of this twenty-first century it seemed as if everybody was compiling lists inspired by the century just passed—the best movies, the …

 

Issue Two, August 20, 2011

Issue Two, August 20, 2011

 

Memorable Moments

Memorable Moments

The All-American Boy Turkey Righter was looking forward to his 100th birthday. I’d gone out to Bedford, New York, to meet him at the suggestion of a …

 

Issue One, July 19, 2011

Issue One, July 19, 2011

 

Some Favorite Restaurants

Some Favorite Restaurants

Where should we have dinner? Because I was a restaurant critic for many years, I get asked that question all the time. Those asking aren’t generally …

 

Diana at Home

Diana at Home

“In Shanghai, we lived at Number One, The Bund, in a penthouse on top of the Asiatic Petroleum Building.” Diana leaned forward in her armchair. A …

 

Retail Remembered

Retail Remembered

“It’s sad,” I complained. “Shopping in London now is just like shopping in New York. The same fashionable stores parade on the fashionable streets in the …

 

My Three Pugs

My Three Pugs

On December 27, 1981, when she was eight weeks old, Mame adopted me.

 
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