An Accident in August

The worst of it, thought Lou, is that I could just as easily have stopped.She switched off the ignition. She leaned her head back against the headrest, and shut… More


Now, six years after the fact, I realize things might have gone differently, but back then, on Sunday, March 8, 1998, when it all began, it was impossible to… More

The Princes’ Islands

’Stamboul, with all its sea-suburbs and sea-lanesSelçuk was a bum. I first met him at the Galata Bridge, in a tea house on the lower level of the bridge.… More

The Chameleon Couch

The One-Handed ConcertoAfter Paul Wittgensteinlost his right hand in the Great War,he begged his friend Ravelfor a concerto of muted tom-toms& peacock feathers underneath the tempo.Something oceanic, with gusto… More

Your Republic Is Calling You

7:00 a.m.Speak UpHe opens his eyes. He feels heavy and his breath stinks. Slowly, his brain whirs into activity, and a word gradually reveals itself, like a stranger emerging… More

What the Dog Saw, And Other Adventures

The PitchmanRon Popeil and the Conquest of the American Kitchen1.The extraordinary story of the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ begins with Nathan Morris, the son of the shoemaker and… More