Children of a Lesser God

Beirut
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From my car win­dow I watch them with a mix­ture of relief and guilt, pity and dis­gust, anger and despair.

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One Light: Fashion on a Shoestring

Photography
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For the time being, I’m done with my India sto­ries. In the words of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, now for some­thing com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent.

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How to Train Your Dragon

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As I walked out of the cin­e­ma, some­one asked me why I thought How to Train Your Dragon (2010) is ten times bet­ter than Avatar (which I reviewed here). I said because I don’t feel cheat­ed. Now that I’ve had time to think about it, I can give a bet­ter answer. What the heck, I’ll give ten bet­ter answers.

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The Ghost Writer

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Whatever hap­pened to the Roman Polanski of such mind-blow­ing mas­ter­pieces as Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown?

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What’s in a Brand Name?

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To design a brand, a lot of thought must go into its name. A rose by any oth­er name may smell as sweet, but I doubt many would want to smell it in the first place if it were named, say, “crap­bud.”

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Day thirty: Midnight

India
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Our last day in India begins with the final chap­ter of Midnight’s Children Book One, enti­tled Tick Tock. Like a mantra, the words ring in my head as the 12 a.m. hour of our depar­ture draws inex­orably close.

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