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This time of year I feel the urge to watch old black and white movies, preferably starring Jimmy Stewart. This year, It’s a Wonderful Life is too painful, a reminder of what we used to be but aren’t anymore. I prefer screwball comedies like The Philadelphia Story, with its sympathy for alcoholics and philanderers, and …

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As I prepared to go to New York after Hurricane Sandy, I looked for a piece I wrote for the LA Weekly when Katrina hit.  I had sworn off journalism, but found myself reading the online bulletin board on the Times-Picayune website and weeping uncontrollably, so I called my editors in Los Angeles, who were …

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The Way We Live Now

September 6, 2012 by

When I was fourteen, my cousin, who had moved in with us after her mother died, went away to college. I used to sneak her purple and yellow striped rugby shirt from London out of her remaining dresser drawer and wear it sometimes. I always carefully washed it and folded it before I slipped it …

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But the art business had come to disgust him. Later he would remember with a shudder “the nervous anxiety of the bidder’s face…

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