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We were living in the Flowers Land Hotel when I decided I wanted a house. This was partly pragmatic. The hotel, like most of the good ones in Baghdad, cost around $100 a night, and that was more than I could afford if I was going to stay for many months. But there was something else—something emotional or psychological. I can’t describe it precisely. I wanted permanence there. I wanted to feel that I was closer to Iraq than all those other, itinerant journalists. When I went home to New York on vacation, I wanted to say: well, yes, my home in Baghdad is quite lovely.
Read my Harper’s annotation: A Prince Among Thieves
Copyright Harper’s Magazine Foundation Aug 2001
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of noting.
“A wrongful death is worth a base amount,” says George Marr, holding his hand at chest level.
“But if the guy coaches Little League, that’s good,” Ed Quinn adds as George’s hand springs up to chin height.
“He’s got two little girls,” George says.
“And they’re cute.”
“They’re cute,” George repeats. “Boom.” His hand goes above his head.