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Paris Diary: Wine Comes Before the Bill
There are some aspects of France that are more about the 19th century than the 20th, let alone the 21st. So it is in the small, friendly world of people who order wine directly from vignerons — in my most recent experience, a small maker in Champagne. He tills the soil around his vines with a rugged plowhorse (he believes the weight of a tractor compacts the earth, preventing its aeration), and he treats his vines and soil biodynamically, using natural elements — minerals and butterfly wings, no less — in accord with the phases of the moon. We visited last year, and when we sent in our order for a case of 12 bottles this year, the shipment arrived at our home on the day before the invoice. I have experienced this business practice with growers from all over France. Winemakers here seem to trust their customers. How lovely that there are still little parts of the world unsullied by people who don’t pay their bills.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…