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Portland, Maine is a city where lobster fishermen greet the dawn at the counter of Becky’s Diner, and where businessmen stride purposefully through the streets—businessmen, that is, whose rolled-up sleeves reveal an armful of tattoos. It’s the kind of city where you can smell the salt air at every turn, and where cresting a hill […]

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Land of Stolen Vowels

Do you remember the end of the first season of Mad Men, when Don’s pitching an idea to the bigwigs at Kodak? He’s standing up by their Carousel slide projector, flipping through visions of his memories. “This is not a spaceship, it’s a time machine,” he said. “It goes backwards and forwards, and it takes […]

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A View of Hvar, From Autumn

Summer is undeniably gone, having been swept away from Virginia over the course of a single rain-drenched week. One day, commuters at the nearby Metro suddenly appeared wrapped in coats, like someone had flicked on a light switch; I stride into work now with knit tights tucked into tall leather boots. For the first time […]

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