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From the Stone House: Reading Stevie Smith in Milan

Beauty is overrated.  Beauty is underrated.

Three months ago, shortly after moving to Italy for the year, I was walking along via Montenapoleone in Milan, gazing at lovely summer togs and shoes in the shops (beauty is overrated?), when I nearly stumbled into a bearded man wearing dirty shorts and old sneakers.  He sat spread-legged on the sidewalk, an empty, leaning-Tower-of-Pisa paper cup between his knees.  Not the right street for such begging, I found myself thinking—too upscale, everyone carrying credit cards rather than change.  Nobody wanting to be bothered, what with the insufferable humidity and all the gorgeous distractions in the shop-windows.

From the Stone House: Reading Stevie Smith in Milan
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