"Everything is going to be alright." So said the engraving on the marble staircase at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan as I climbed up it yesterday, coming from an industry lunch that included as dessert little sugared donut holes … with three dipping sauces. Sigh. But rather than inspire me, that sign just grated on…

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Today I have been assaulted by poor spelling. I've come to learn to live with this. The fact is that most people can't spell, or don't give a shit about checking, so you end up with ignorance that spreads like rancid icing over a freshly-baked cake. But when it comes from supposedly reputable sources, I…

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