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IN THE COURT OF THE DRAWING ROOM KINGS

[The following is an excerpt from Marcel Proust's novel "Jean Santeuil", which was both a forerunner and a rough draft for his masterpiece "Remembrance of Things Past."] Translated from the French by Russell Scheidelman– “There is, in the time that follows a copious meal, a period of arrested activity full of sweet intelligence and quiet [...]

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HOME SWEET CHARIOT

A Passing Glance at Living Spaces on Wheels by Russell Scheidelman— In the great Animal Kingdom, those perpetual stay-at-homes who like to drag their homes along with them whenever they feel a bit footloose–like the turtle, the snail, and the hermit crab–seem to be onto something that we humans could learn from. Why leave the [...]

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VAMPIRES MASQUERADE BALL

A Night in the City of Roses by Armando Nex— As darkness slowly descended over the City of Roses, and the chill night air brought a touch of mist and fog, my colleague and I decided it was now safe to leave the confines of our hotel and set out into the night. Donning my [...]

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A WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS…

The 8 Days and 7 Nights Around Mardi Gras by R.B. Niolu— In the calendar of the Catholic Church the period between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday is called “Ordinary Time.” A period associated with no particular strong religious celebrations and a time to clean out your wine cellar, liquid spirits and excess food stores for [...]

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MADE FOR THE CITY

by T.R. Middlewood— It’s been two weeks in this rural retreat and I’m sad, The peace and the calm and the quiet are driving me mad, All that we do here is good for the body and soul, But I miss the distraction and action and don’t feel quite whole, I guess I was made [...]

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SEAMS

by Sarah Gelvin— The mannequins that decorated The Chart were so realistic that the first time Jenna went there, she offered to buy one of them another gin and tonic. Having had several gin and tonics herself, Jenna failed to identify the object in the mannequin’s hand as a scented candle.  The Chart was a [...]

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THREE FABULOUS VENUES & ONE GREAT NIGHT IN NYC

Living it up in the Big Apple By Landau Curee and Mo Ho— What follows is a perfectly fabulous night out in New York City. The three places below can be enjoyed separately, but our suggestion is live it up and throw caution to the wind. With a little planning, you can easily hit these [...]

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NORTH BY NORTHWEST

An Evening at the Bar in the Seattle Canlis by R.B. Niolu— On a typical November night in Seattle, I decided with a group of friends to venture forth in the howling wind and rain to the storied and decorous institution that has long defined finer living in Seattle, the Canlis Restaurant. We pulled up [...]

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THE TRICKY RABBIT

Confessions of a Francophile by Landau Curee— It’s no secret that I love France. How could you not love France? Please understand, I am not talking about the people or the politics. I am referring to the lifestyle. It has the best food, the best wine, and the laid back attitude that encourages people to [...]

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CANADA’S DEBAUCHERY BEACH

by D. Hume— Judy Williams, I feel your pain. I don’t know you, but I’ve been reading about you in that book that came out 2 years ago, “Wreck Beach” by Carellin Brooks. So I know what you must be thinking. After so many years—decades—of controversy over the fate of a meandering strip of rock and [...]