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The Curse of Bad TV When I decide to blow a day by doing nothing, I take the job seriously. That was Saturday. Before the cable dealĀ  runs out and dies a natural death, I thought I’d see what’s behind that mysterious ON DEMAND button on the remote. Not much, as usual, but I did […]

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America isn’t ready for a transgender Tea Party Last night I spent $4.99 to see Dallas Buyers Club, the first time I’ve ever purchased a movie on my TV. The cable folks sure make it easy to take your money, don’t they? I’m now a big fan of the movie’s star, Matthew McConaughey, thanks to […]

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” vs. real life I was walking a couple of blocks to City Hall for a press conference this morning when I stumbled into a roadblock. A crowd was already gathering, with the cops keeping the road clear so that the movie makers in town can shoot some scenes for The Amazing […]

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Bush-league paintings In general, my traditional embargo on the news while vacationing remained intact last weekend. If you’re trying to clear the head while spending time with friends in a snowbound B&B in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, it’s best to not know the latest moves in the Republican insurrection against America. That stuff is always […]

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Art Appreciation: CSI Using the same kind of ground-penetration radar favored by police in their searches for bodies buried in shallow graves, art archaeologists plan to dig up the floor of a convent in Florence, Italy, in the hope of uncovering the remains of Lisa Gherardini, who has long been one of the prime candidates […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 31 This morning’s coffee was imported from Mexico, which you may interpret as a statement on immigration policy if you wish. First music of the day, the Debussy opera Pelleas et Melisande. It’s in French. The dog is chewing on a rawhide […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 17 It was such a stunningly beautiful morning that, rather than read The Times first thing, I chose to follow the dog through Turning Point Park for about an hour. It’s an appropriately overgrown area on the west bank of the Genesee […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to First music of the day, the smoky saxophone of Ben Webster. He also worked well Saturday afternoon on the deck, as I wound down a beautiful day with a cigar and a glass of whiskey, while a pork shoulder relaxed in its smoker […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 5 This morning’s coffee is from the island of Java. I’ve loaded the five-CD changer with all John Coltrane. 1, Page One at a glance: Democrats are calculating which of their candidates are hopeless causes in the November election and will abandon […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: June 27 I’m back to reading The Sunday Times for you, after a two-week absence that I’m blaming on barbecue and jazz. This morning, Miles Davis’ Miles in the Sky is drifting out the deck speakers, chicken thigh quarters are marinating in a […]

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