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Personal and Otherwise — October 13, 2014, 12:00 pm

On Getting Wasted

Among the hoarders and junk haulers of Charleston

Personal and Otherwise — July 10, 2014, 12:15 pm

God Lives on Lemon Street

An ex–Jehovah’s Witness visits Watchtower headquarters

Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower building, Brooklyn. ©© Clemens v. Vogelsang (Flickr)

Personal and Otherwise — March 27, 2014, 12:08 pm

Death at the Serena

Remembering Ahmad Sardar and his family

Vigil for Ahmad Sardar and his family © AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini

Personal and Otherwise — December 20, 2013, 8:00 am

Recollections of My Christmas Tree

“One thing is for certain — I wouldn’t want to be a Christmas tree”

Harper's Magazine (February 1901)

Personal and Otherwise — November 21, 2013, 8:00 am

How Maradona Explains the Word

Interpreting my South American interpreter

Diego Maradona, 1986 World Cup

Personal and Otherwise — August 22, 2013, 12:56 pm

Occupied by The Newsroom

On inspiring (probably, maybe) a Newsroom plot arc

Still from The Newsroom. © HBO

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I conferred quietly with Emma, who said he was studying Pashto, privately, in his spare time. Afghani, she said, to enlighten me further.

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