Off Our Heads

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

I AM STAYING at the Kabul Intercontinental, which I can safely say is the worst hotel in the world. Two guests have recently drowned in the swimming pool. There is no cold water. let alone hot. Electricity is intermittent. The lifts don’t work, so I must get to my room by the service staircase and […]

Land of Unreason

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

WAS THIS THE bed, I wondered, on which Osama bin Laden pleasured his fourth wife? Was it here, on this very mattress, that the master of jihad spread his seed? Quite possibly, although it was difficult to picture the Abstemious One engaged in freestyle frolicking on the four-poster in this room. The solitarv picture on […]

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