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“Civilization’s going to pieces.”

Lately, it has seemed books I’m reading or re-reading are passing me secret messages about today’s life. And the heart of those secret messages is that, in certain exclusive circles, nothing has changed. What struck me particularly about the following … Continue reading

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Paths crossed in a scene from my life: Frances Stein

I crossed paths with Frances Patiky Stein a week or so after and on the same turf as I did with Eva Sereny. My reaction was rather different. I was sitting on the parapet of Rosecliff’s terrace gazing out at … Continue reading

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Paths crossed through a scene from my life: Eva Sereny

I don’t remember meeting, in any conventional sense, Eva Sereny. We did not exchange names or shake hands. Yet almost literally our paths crossed, over the parquet floor in the great ballroom of Rosecliff, an historical Newport, Rhode Island palace … Continue reading

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