Monthly Archives: January 2011

With al Jazeera from Egypt

We remember our first plane ride, our first day of school, our first use of the telephone, our first demonstration.  Our first this, our first that.  For me, there was, rather late in life, my first encounter with al Jazeera–in … Continue reading

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From my Files: Central Square Post Office, Cambridge,MA

[This post was originally published in the “Boston Harbors” column of the January 2001 issue of arts/Media magazine, which has since ceased publication. This is a slightly revised version. Some of the information here may be dated, though.] On the … Continue reading

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Meditation on Apple Pie

The festivities have ended. The Christmas trees are gone, the decorations put away, the resolutions made and, most likely broken in secret.  But more than any of these things, we have begun our collective, national dessert-diss.  Those delectable things we … Continue reading

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From my Files: Approaching Castle Island, MA.

[This essay appeared in the “Boston Harbors” column of the April 2000 issue of artsMedia, an arts magazine which has since ceased publication. All photos are from Google images.] If approach is all, then getting to Castle Island is a … Continue reading

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Oh, Anthony Bourdain, your Venice is nothing like mine!

Over Christmas break, I heeded the urgings of the younger set and promised them to watch what I was told is one of the best travel programs on television: Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.  Last night, Bourdain was in Venice, a … Continue reading

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Waiting for the storm

Which is the most exciting phase of a Northeastern storm, such as the one that was inflicted on us a few days ago?  Is it the preparation for (and approach  of) the calamity?  Or the actual storm itself? Or is … Continue reading

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From my Files: Watertown

[This essay appeared originally in the summer 1998 issue of Ararat.  Some of the material is dated. Some Watertown shops have changed (and changed hands or folded) since then.  Arax Market itself has moved to a bigger location which is only a … Continue reading

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