Fiction: ‘The Hummingbird’ by Sandro Veronesi

Sandro Veronesi won Italy’s major book award, the Strega Prize, in 2006 for his powerful novel “Quiet Chaos,” about the existential grappling of a newly widowed father, and he won again in 2020 for “The Hummingbird,” which now appears in English courtesy of translator Elena Pala. Mr. Veronesi is clearly on to something, as far … Read more

‘Seasons of Purgatory’ Review: An Iranian Writer’s Art in Exile

Sometimes we never see the wrongs that blight our lives. Or else we glimpse them once—before the end. In Shahriar Mandanipour’s story “Mummy and Honey,” a viper slips into a house in mourning. It takes up residence, at first “gently coiled around the bitter orange tree.” Grandfather, ruler of the family, has passed. Now Father … Read more

Biden’s press conference was scary – his internal monologue said out loud

It’s a day since President Joe Biden’s press conference marked the first anniversary of his oath, and I remain in the same state of dismay and amazed disbelief that I experienced while watching it. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to see the behavior of an actual human being, as opposed to a … Read more

Biden’s press conference was scary – his internal monologue said out loud

It’s a day since President Joe Biden’s press conference marked the first anniversary of his oath, and I remain in the same state of dismay and amazed disbelief that I experienced while watching it. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to see the behavior of an actual human being, as opposed to a … Read more

‘Dream-Child’ Review: Madness, Poetry and Dinner With the Lambs

For much of his literary life, Charles Lamb was a jack of all trades and a master of none. He wrote poetry like his Romantic contemporaries and good friends Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth though his verse was of a lesser caliber. He produced a sentimental novel that underwhelmed and a farcical play that … Read more

Biden’s press conference was an utter disaster

If President Joe Biden’s press conference Wednesday was supposed to inspire confidence, it failed – horribly. Even though he spent most of it clearly calling on reporters from a list of “safe” questioners provided by his staff, he stumbled and bumbled and all too often made no sense at all. Plus, he repeated his bizarre … Read more

Biden’s press conference was a complete disaster

If President Joe Biden’s press conference on Wednesday was to build trust, it failed – terribly. Although he spent most of it clearly calling on journalists from a list of “safe” questioners provided by his staff, he stumbled and bumbled and all too often made no sense at all. Plus, he repeated his bizarre “whispering” … Read more

CEOs, take your employees back to the office – NYC’s most needy depend on it

In the spirit of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s much-read annual letter to his other top executives, whose 2022 edition he released on Monday, here’s mine: Dear CEO, It’s time for your employees to return to the office. Even if it is only a few days a week. If they do not, the consequences will be … Read more

CEOs, take your employees back to the office – NYC’s most needy depend on it

In the spirit of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s much-read annual letter to his other top executives, whose 2022 edition he released on Monday, here’s mine: Dear CEO, It’s time for your employees to return to the office. Even if it is only a few days a week. If they do not, the consequences will be … Read more

Elitist fashion industry chewed up André Leon Talley

With André Leon Talley’s passing comes the death, too, of the illusory world of high fashion. Only Anna Wintour, Talley’s greatest frenemy, is left. When she goes, so goes the demimonde — and good riddance. As Tom Ford told the Financial Times in 2016: “Fashion is evil.” Ford was once a casualty, but at least … Read more

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