the luberon

New Haven Review, Issue 19, published my essay “The Luberon.” My copies arrived yesterday, though the issue is dated Winter 2016. The paper magazine comes out twice a year. It posts back issues online at

The essay starts in an upscale health club, where an infomercial starring supermodel Cindy Crawford touts a product called Meaningful Beauty, which is made from a melon grown in the Luberon. Much of this is fake, but the Luberon is a real place, where Peter Mayle set his book A Year in Provence. Much earlier Alphonse Daudet did much the same in his Letters from My Windmill. Truth, beauty, tourist lit, and the ravages of age.

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