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Remembering Places That Have Never Existed

In Art, Items of Singular Interest, Letters, Places on August 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

It’s settled: I need to visit the island of Menorca. Located in the Mediterranean Sea and belonging to Spain, this gorgeous island is home to about 94,000 people, three ancient megalithic monuments, one of my favorite wines, and the always delicious cow’s milk cheese called Mahon. All of which is more than reason enough to visit. But what has cemented it for me is that I just discovered there’s a hotel there inspired by — gasp! — one of my most beloved books, Italo Calvino’s Invisible CitiesRead the rest of this entry »

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Chateau Ste. Philip Morris: Big Tobacco and Washington Wine

In Items of Singular Interest, Sipping on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 am

I have mixed feelings about this. I’m admitting that. Perhaps I’ll be less conflicted tomorrow. But today I am disturbed. Today I let a simple question — “What is Altria?” — lead me somewhere I didn’t expect to go. Today I am facing an ethical dilemma that’s grayer than what I normally encounter on a day-to-day. Today I am deciding if I should buy wine. Let me tell you what I mean. Read the rest of this entry »

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