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Black Coffee

I love coffee. Specifically, black coffee. When I order a black coffee, I am regularly asked: Would you like anything in it? Should we leave room for cream or sugar? Am I deluded about the meaning of the phrase “black coffee?” Are the baristas at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts taught […]

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Exit Interview

I just finished reading Anthony Bourdain’s last interview. As usual, I agreed with some of what he said, disagreed with more, and was thoroughly entertained throughout. In any case, there is nothing here to suggest a man on the brink. When a celebrity commits suicide, we tell ourselves that they […]

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Anthony Bourdain

“I like building things. I like making things. I liked making plates of food. I was a very happy dishwasher. You know, the plates went into the dishwasher dirty and they came out clean every time. And that felt good.” – Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018

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Meditation: Sense and Nonsense

When I was first learning to meditate, I looked for a teacher. There weren’t many options in Pittsburgh back then, and the¬†Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center looked like one of the better options. By all accounts, they offered solid meditation instruction to beginners and they seemed like nice, ordinary folks. (For […]

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The Man from Mars

My entire career, in fiction or nonfiction, I have reported and written about people who are not like me. 1 One of the very best things about Tom Wolfe is that he did not write stories about Tom Wolfe. He could have. He¬† was certainly an interesting enough character and, […]