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Calendar, Night&Day Laughter in the Tundra

Laughter in the Tundra

Americans have a vision of Siberia informed by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago and James Bond prison breakouts. Siberia is far more complex, diverse, and unforgiving, however, than what’s in the popular imagination. In his latest book, Travels in Siberia,…
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Culture, Art Tea-time in the Gulag

Tea-time in the Gulag

During two summers and a winter, world-renowned photojournalist Carl de Keyzer toured and photographed Russian gulags accompanied by a local photographer, an interpreter, and two army colonels as bodyguards. Between long waits for official permission to enter the camps, he…
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Dining, Eat Sufferin' Succotash

Sufferin' Succotash

Once I was at a book reading of two restaurant critics, writers I had read and admired, and an audience member asked a question: "Do you ever get tired of eating in restaurants?" The two of them looked at each…
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Calendar, Halloween

Savage Love

A few years back, I took some snapshots of my wife-to-be. She was naked at the time. This unprocessed roll of film has been sitting in my desk for a while, and I'd like to get the pictures developed. However,…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I just read Robert Bly's poem "Conversation With a Holy Woman Not Seen for Many Years." "I could not come earlier," he mourns. "My shabby mouth, with its cavernous thirst, ate the seeds of longing that…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): My first boss, manager of the doughnut palace where I washed dishes, used to say, "Ain't nobody that ain't selling something." I thought he was right then, and I still do. Whether it's a self-image you…
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Dining, Eat

Inner Zuni

It hurt to boycott Zuni Cafe. I had such fond memories of the place from the early '80s, when it was half its current size, the menu had a Southwestern slant, and the guacamole was the best in town. I…
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