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10 Years After Katrina: “The -ism part ain’t ever going to be over.”

“There’s Katrina and there’s Katrina-ism,” says Kenneth Ferdinand, a trumpeter who owns the Cafe Rose Nicaud in the Marigny neighborhood. “The -ism part ain’t ever going to be over. The -ism is the theory of disaster and struggle. It goes from generation to generation here. You understand?”


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RIP V.A. Musetto

Vincent Musetto, one of the great newspapermen, will be remembered for his classic, oft-imitated but never bettered 1983 NY Post headline, HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR. But he also carried the flame for art-house cinema, writing reams of reviews about the latest from Europe and elsewhere. Tabloids and Godard are perhaps an unlikely combination, but Musetto contained multitudes.


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Neat Freak vs. Clutter King

Which one are you? Marie Kondo be damned, my office is a mess!


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Nature Cure

One of the more remarkable English-language publishing stories in recent years is the success—both critical and commercial—of nature writing from the UK. Helen Macdonald has scored an unlikely hit with H is for Hawk, a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic, and writers like Robert Macfarlane have brought new vigor to the country walk, helping to revive a venerable English literary genre. More here. I’m picking up my pen and heading to the woods. (All messages c/o Catskills, NY, NY)


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The Tears of the Rajas

Ferdinand Mount is an unlikely scourge of the British Empire. The former editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Mount is a distinguished member of British Establishment, a liberal-leaning Tory, but a proud conservative nonetheless. Thus the tenor of his new book, about India in the 19th century, and the predatory behavior of the East India Company as it cheated, defrauded and otherwise dishonored various princely states, is a bit of surprise. His ancestors, the Lows of Scotland, were mixed up in this dirty business—there are accusations of war crimes here— and are the focus of his entertaining account. You can find more of my thoughts here in a longer review just out in The National.


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The Bard of Vintage New York

Always nattily turned out in a Brooks Brothers suit, Joseph Mitchell prowled the streets of New York, working the docks of the old waterfront and bringing out the eloquence of dive bar patrons. He wrote beloved articles for the New Yorker, and then he went silent.


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Death, Con’t

Oh yea, and big city dailies continue to roll of the presses. It’s good to be wrong.


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‘They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else’

The evidence is indisputable, argues David Gardner: the great catastrophe that befell the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1916 was nothing less than genocide.


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The Corporation with its own Army

Imagine ExxonMobil with a 260,000 man military force at its disposal. Such was the rapacious power of the East India Company, writes William Dalrymple.


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Farewell to Harry Eyres

For the last ten years, Harry Eyres’ Slow Lane column has graced the back page of the Weekend FT. An elegant, slightly rumpled philosopher of the good life, Eyres mused about culture, music, food and pretty much anything else that caught his fancy. Today was his last column, and he’s moving on. Good luck in your new ventures, Harry. Saturday mornings won’t be quite the same without you.


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