Clinton and The Stones of Venice

A POSTELECTION TOURIST IN VENICE SLIDES INELUCTAbly toward eternal thoughts:

-- How do the world's pigeons divvy up their assignments? Are the best and the brightest in the aviary awarded a nesting place in Piazza San Marco, while the dullards are consigned to bleak window ledges in Detroit?

-- Contemplating the small courtyard that still contains fragments of the boyhood home of Marco Polo, one wonders: Did memories of almost this same scene sustain the 13th century adventurer in his wanderings? Or was happiness for him always the sight of Venice in the rear-view mirror?

-- Why is the model for...

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