Last night Juliana came over and we watched American Gigolo, which she found unbearably romantic and which I saw as pretty and vapid. Although she gives the impression of being a Manhattan-sophisticated, no-nonsense lawyer, in some ways Juliana is like a naïve schoolgirl, with unrealistic expectations of life and other people.
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One hundred years ago, the Bridge was “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” an amazing achievement by Washington, John and Emily Roebling and the workers who built it. There can be nothing like that today. I watched the fireworks from one of two 110-story towers, but I can’t imagine anyone celebrating the 100th anniversary of the sterile, utilitarian World Trade Center.
Famed in China for his work’s sexual sensibilities — “almost my trademark” — author Feng Tang’s ‘Beijing, Beijing’ is available for the first time in English, in a translation by Michelle Deeter from AmazonCrossing. A celebrity at home among the boyfriends and girlfriends he writes about, Feng calmly tells us that his newest novel “will sell one million copies.”