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I Beat a Gypsy Curse, and So Can You

July 7, 2018
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If my conduct in the case in question exceeded the normal bounds of professionalism, the circumstances provided an excuse. A client of mine had lent a significant–to him–sum of money to a little Greek woman, working…

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The Founding Fathers and Fashion

July 6, 2018
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Men wore clothes that were as colorful as the ladies’ garb.  One male fashion  plate in New York ordered a suit of “superfine scarlet plush and a vest of light  blue splash.”                                                           What Life Was…

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In Gamble on Future, Race Track Bets on the Young

July 5, 2018
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In Gamble on Future, Race Track Bets on the Young

EAST BOSTON, Mass. Sol “Nosey” Niman has been playing the horses at this second-tier track in a working-class neighborhood of Boston for over half a century, and he says he’s never seen the place in…

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Summer Party Advice, From Father to Son

July 3, 2018
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We were sitting outside, enjoying a clear night after a spring of constant rain, when my wife told me that our eldest son was going to Martha’s Vineyard with friends for the Fourth of July. “You’ll…

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The Salad Days of Blogging

July 2, 2018
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I remember what it was like, back when I first started blogging. It must have been–I don’t know–2005, 2006? It seems so long ago, my beginnings are lost in the fog of memory, just like…

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We’ll Be Happy When We’re Dead, Comrade

June 29, 2018
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In Russia, the age at which the average person becomes happy is higher than the average life expectancy. Review of The Happiness Curve by Jonathan Rauch, The Wall Street Journal It’s Friday, which for me–Fedor Sergeyevich…

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As More Parents Monitor Social Media, “Slam Books” Make Comeback

June 28, 2018
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As More Parents Monitor Social Media, “Slam Books” Make Comeback

UPTON, Mass.  Twelve-year-old Jennifer Goshecki would like to have a Facebook account, but her mother Julie doesn’t think she’s ready.  “Why should I expose her to millions of dirty old men on the internet,” she asks rhetorically. …

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Emboldened Freedonians Chase Obnoxious Customers From Restaurants

June 27, 2018
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Emboldened Freedonians Chase Obnoxious Customers From Restaurants

BOSTON.  It’s nearing lunchtime, and the pungent aroma of zlagnistki, a rich soup made from radishes, cardamom seeds and dried shoelace aglets, begins to waft out onto the sidewalks of Pope’s Triangle, a neighborhood that is…

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Who’s Better–Michael Jackson or Shakespeare?

June 26, 2018
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I was almost feeling better–almost over the sense of pain and heartbreak that sweeps over me every June 25th, the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.  Even though I hadn’t actually bought one of his records…

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I Am the Cheap Man

June 25, 2018
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It happened last night, as it has before, on other Saturday nights.  My wife and I had taken our seats at a nice restaurant, and the waiter asked if we’d like to order drinks.  My wife asked…

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