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My favorite jazz

Recently I put together a playlist with my favorite jazz. I arranged almost all the tracks chronologically from Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller to Wynton Marsalis. It is about five hours of the best jazz of the past 100 years. Here is a link to the playlist on Spotify. I hope you enjoy it. […]

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Letter to my nephews

You can learn a lot from books, but many things can only be learned the hard way by living, suffering and enjoying life. A year and a half ago, I was in a plane with very bad turbulence, and I worried that if the plane went down, many of the lessons I’ve learned in life […]

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Carta a mis sobrinos (Letter to my nephews in Spanish)

Puedes aprender mucho leyendo libros, pero hay cosas que solo se aprenden a traves de la experiencia, viviendo, sufriendo y disfrutando de la vida. Hace un año y medio, yo estaba viajando en avión y atravesamos una turbulencia muy mala. Me preocupó que si el avión se estrellaba, muchas de las lecciones que he aprendido […]

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My NY Times Opinion Piece

On December 7th, 2014 I wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times that became the most emailed and most read article for two days.  It was also among the most shared articles on Facebook and Twitter.  Many Americans who have rarely traveled told me, “Good riddance!” but thousands of expats thanked me via […]

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Books from 2014

Books from 2014 Last year I wrote an update on the books I had read. At first I wrote a paragraph review of all of them, but due to criticisms that were entirely correct, I’ve cut it down to my top books.  (My goal for next year is to read more literature and less non-fiction […]

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Books I read in 2013

Books I Read in 2013 In 2013 I downloaded the Kindle app for my iPhone. It changed my life. Now I can read on the Tube, on trains, on planes, and when I’m waiting for people to arrive at a meeting. I almost don’t mind when flights are delayed or when people don’t turn up. […]

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Thoughts on Obamacare

This is an email I sent to friends in mid-2013 with some of my thoughts on the economics of Obamacare. It is not a comprehensive overview, but it covers a few of the key problems with Obamacare. ——– Dear Friends, Please pardon this long email, but after reading endless drivel on Obamacare, I needed to […]

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Welcome to my blog

I have decided to start blogging. My knowledge of the world is limited, but I hope that it is growing every day. I will blog about the very few things I know something about, and I will try to write about new things I discover. Much like good wine and food, ideas are always best […]

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