Excerpt From 'Fruits of Chaos'

On an early evening in mid-May, 2017, I entered the locker room of a private club in the Washington, D.C. area to find then White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer standing near the sink. Spicer is not a tall man, with a stout build and low center of gravity that lend him a munchkin aesthetic, like a well-fed and weather-beaten old carny. He glanced up at me with the furtive eyes of a cornered animal, weaved around me and made for the exit. 

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You Will Totally Guess Where the Grumpiest Travelers Come From

For the past several years I’ve split my home base between Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, Louisiana, spending my non-traveling time more or less evenly between the two, which makes me the yin and the yang of traveler grumpiness. Without intending to, it seems I may have made my other home in Louisiana to balance out the effects of D.C. And vice versa, too—because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel like being grumpy sometimes?

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Finally Greeting Cards For My Generation

I am not what you might call a “stationery person,” and that’s not some cute way of saying I move a lot. It’s that I’m mystified by entire shops dedicated to things like fancy notepads, greeting cards and envelopes. But I recently learned about a paper goods company called Party Sally that turned my paper goods universe, such as it is, upside down.

 

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Why You Should Travel To The U.S. Virgin Islands Right Now

The hills are becoming green again.”

People in the U.S. Virgin Islands repeat that refrain like an incantation these days. It’s true. Like Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean, the USVI—the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix—were thrashed by hurricanes Irma and Maria earlier this year, with ferocious winds that stripped the tropical paradise bare, leaving steep hillsides with trees denuded, as if from a forest fire.

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Stranahan’s Red Rocks Release Party Was One Giant Leap For American Single Malt Whiskey

The point of that rather overwrought paragraph is to say that Stranahan’s release party felt like something more than a normal spirits-industry launch event. The setting was gorgeous but also rarified, and not just in the altitude-related sense; it was (no one could quite agree) either the first time time anyone had held a banquet on stage at Red Rocks or the first time in a very long time

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