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Winter mist

The Thames near Cliveden.

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Notebook

The most striking novelty of the American landscape today, to anyone who knows it pretty well, is a little box about as big as a prairie schoolhouse. These boxes are trim and white and you see them every thirty miles, … Continue reading

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Notebook

Often, even in court, one had to pinch oneself to realize the enormity of the events we were discussing. Much of the time, however, merely to keep oneself from becoming uncontrollably angry, it was necessary to erect some kind of … Continue reading

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The best (and worst) of 2016

I’ve already posted my favourite folk/world music and jazz albums of the year, so here are my  other cultural highs and lows. Best gigs. Audra McDonald, Leicester Square Theatre, Jan. I’ve always found her studio recordings too icily perfect, but … Continue reading

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Leipzig dominated the conversation at the Steinitzes yesterday. A married sister of the wife lives there. When the warning came, the couple ran down to the cellar, the bombs started exploding, and most of their house collapsed. They were rescued, … Continue reading

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Morning fog, Cookham Bridge

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All lit up

Out of step in the Virginia boondocks, a Christmas lights snob learns how to enjoy being gaudy: After the first Christmas, when I didn’t put up any decorations outside our house, the lady next door—a sweet, Christian Secret Service agent—presented … Continue reading

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They take their Nativity play very seriously

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Homeless, Oxford 

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A singer in search of the right song

  If only she’d sung “Vámonos”, I told my companion after another frustrating show by Concha Buika. I fell in love with her voice the first time I heard her in a showcase in Lisbon a decade ago. She was one … Continue reading

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