Call it the Zen art of lockdowns. Alistair Gale and Miho Inada
We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase. Dr. Anthony Fauci, April 26, 2022
Although disaster had been briefly averted, the key word was “briefly,” as we’ll see in the final episode of this series, which I’ll call:
Following the fiasco of the “crystal palace,” I decided to take sterner measures with Lorant. I called him up and told him that unless we could resolve the problem of the purloined photographs, it was unlikely the fifth edition of the Pittsburgh book would ever see the light of day. I also told him I knew perfectly well he had the Pittsburgh photos at his home in Lenox, Massachusetts, because people had seen them there.
My next story about Lorant is a short one, but memorable, at least to my wife and me. We’ll call it:
Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City was ubiquitous in Pittsburgh. It seemed as though everybody who was anybody had a copy, and some people had copies of every edition.
Stefan Lorant was a dashing, debonaire fellow when he was young, and even in his late old age he remained attractive to women. One forty-year-old divorcée recalls having an affair with Lorant when the latter was in his eighties. “He was impossibly romantic,” she told me.
Wherever Stefan Lorant went in his life – whatever job he held, whatever town he lived in, whatever nation – he had a remarkable knack for being in the right place and for sniffing out who the most important people were and meeting and befriending them.
Stefan Lorant, the pioneering photojournalist, was born at the turn of the twentieth century and died, ninety-six years later, at the century’s end.
China’s Xi Is Having a Really Bad War
Putin’s War Is Xi’s Worst Nightmare. Headline above Craig Singleton’s article in Foreign Policy