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The Circle is Unbroken - Friends of the Brothers Return to Brooklyn Bowl 10/25

We will never allow the circle to be broken. Very excited to be returning to the great Brooklyn Bowl with Friends of the Brothers on October 25.  Tickets are just $12 and presales are a big help. Click here. FOB features Peter Levin…
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A banner day in Pittsburgh

The Store treated the hometown boy very nicely.   Yesterday was one of those days that I will always remember, one of the moments from this book tour that will stand out and stand the test of the time. Thank you Pittsburgh. I'll…
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New Huff Post blog: What looks like an anchor might be wings...

What Looks Like an Anchor May Be Wings. Why a guy who doesn't much like memoirs would write a memoir. My latest on the Huff Post.

Jefferson School, Day One

Whew. Day one went well. Long-promised ice cream cones at Hershey's in town afterwards...we even let them have double scoops and sprinkles. Eli told me tonight that Jefferson is "way better than Dulwich." I asked him and he gave…

Becky in the news

With the Olympics closing in, Rebecca is doing a lot more writing these days. So check out the WSJ every day and you will see her byline a lot more than any time in the past five or six years, since she first became a capo de capo. Last week,…
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Becky, er, Rebecca returns

The famed Rebecca Blumenstein byline returns with this great storyabout a migrant worker's struggle to keep her kid in Beijing. It is, if I don't ay so myself, a really good story. Make sure you check out the accompanying video and its sterling…
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Dixie in his element

Just found this video that I never dealt with from last summer. This is Dixie Doc leading us on a nature hike to the rocks behind Maple Mountain in an absolute downpour. The virgin oak forest there is so thick we were only getting a bit…
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Dixie's latest medical news

Archival photo from David Kann, circa 1987Ok, over a week has passed since Dixie’s latest mishap and I think he has cooled down enough to allow me to discuss in this public forum. I will start with this email from David Kann, which sums things…
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Why Becky doesn't post, "Slippery Are Very Crafty"

Ever since I started writing this blog when we moved to Beijing in August 2005, people have piped up asking about Becky... wWy doesn’t she write here? Why don’t I talk about her more? Why am I so full of myself? (In so many words, anyhow) The…
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Dixie Doc makes his Beijing debut

My friend Matt Roberts and his Ah-Q Jazz Orchestra play every Saturday night at the Beijing CD Jazz Cafe. Last Saturday, their special guest was "Pittsburgh Dixieland trumpet player Dixie Doc." About six friends joined us at the front table…
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becky met with the president of Taiwan yesterday

Becky just came back from three days in Taipei, where she met with the president of Taiwan in the Presidential mansion. Here is the story she and Jason Dean did. They gave her a classic photo of she and pres. Chen shaking hands. I will try…