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Greig Lamont

Awkward Brit. Oxford graduate. Harvard masters student. Unrelenting cynic. Previously worked in politics. Favorite food: oysters. Favorite country: Iraq.


Entries by Greig Lamont

The Gratuity Gulf

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 10:43 AM

I have a friend with a dark and dreadful secret. I should stress this is a real chum, not one of those "friends" the male species has a penchant for asking embarrassing questions on behalf of. ("Should it be that red?," "Is it normal for there to be blood?," "How...

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Selling Your Soul in Salem

(7) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Once the house of New World glory, Arthur Miller discovered inspiration in Salem's story. Today, there's nothing to be found but a soul-selling despair in this home of American kitsch.

It was standing room only: The carriage was full to the gunwales. An owl, perched on the seat opposite, peered...

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Falling for Maine

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 11:48 PM

Maine has much more to offer than its unimaginative invitational slogan would suggest. Take a trip North East during Fall and you'll discover why it's worth a visit -- and a lifetime.

You can tell a lot about a place from the slogan it brands itself with. That self-professed badge...

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The Twitter Delusion

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:05 PM

It's pulled off the biggest con since Ponzi himself by tricking the public into thinking their opinions have value. Now, as Twitter files for an IPO, we will soon be able to buy a slice of this discourse-destroying pie.

Mornings in my modern world have become more and more like...

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Dehumanizing the Inhuman: Ghouta, Halabja and Crimes Against 'Humanity'

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 6:41 PM

By universalizing the Ghouta chemical attacks as crimes against 'humanity' we are in danger of veiling -- and, as we did with Halabja, forgetting -- the true scale of human destruction that lies at its heart.

Not many people have visited the site of a chemical gas attack against a...

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The Dean's Address: A Very Un-British Introduction to America

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 6:19 PM

From one bizarre academic microcosm to another, the Dean's Address at Harvard was all too much for this British onlooker.

Two weeks ago I moved to the USA to take up a Masters at Harvard. It's not the first time I've been to America, but it is the...

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