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  • New Yorker

    New Yorker

    At what point to do you start calling yourself a New Yorker?

  • David Lindley, the Prince of Polyester

    David Lindley, the Prince of Polyester

    David Lindley celebrated the richness of the universe. He was a musician’s musician who reveled in discovering new sounds to reinterpret old songs.

  • Manhattan Tower of Terror

    Manhattan Tower of Terror

    A new hotel going up near Times Square is proposing putting one of those vertical-drop rides on the top of the building. In the request, Extell suggests that vertical-drop rides will pull in tourists as well as “a few jaded New Yorkers,” and pitches it as the next level for hoteliers who “must think flexibly […]

  • Allen Ginsberg

    Allen Ginsberg

    I recognized the font of the “Howl” on the front of his baseball cap. We struck up a conversation about City Lights bookstore, Ferlinghetti, the Beats and old San Francisco. Eric was his name.  Turns out he was an agent for some of Allen Ginsberg’s art and hung out at his apartment on the Lower […]

  • American Food Mythology

    Let us remember the giants of American Cuisine. Betty Crocker Betty Crocker isn’t actually a real person. She is the brainchild of an advertising campaign developed by the Washburn-Crosby Company, a flour milling company started in the late 1800s that eventually became General Mills. Who was Betty Crocker? Colonel Sanders Ironically, Colonel Harland Sanders cannot […]

  • – birth of snark – birth of snark

    I wanted to share something which I think is lost on today’s web, the art of the hyperlink. The decision to link to something using the web should be more than just informational. There are the basic points of style such as collapsing the sentence and using the verb as the link to more information […]

  • David Sheldon

    David Sheldon

    My high school was a small boarding school in New England. David Sheldon was the headmaster during my years there. He recently passed away but I wanted to share this scrap I unearthed from an old notebook. I think it’s a snippet from a letter sent out when he was announcing his retirement. I was […]

  • Funny thing about MetroNorth

    Funny thing about MetroNorth

    After catching an epic Phish concert at MSG on 12/29, I took the MetroNorth from Grand Central to meet my cousin to see Dark Star Orchestra at the famed Capitol Theater in Port Chester. I’ve never been to the Cap but have heard numerous tapes of legendary shows from this venue so I was looking […]

  • Hunterisms


    In honor of tonight’s Dark Star Orchestra concert at the famous Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY (which I’ll be visiting for the first time), here’s a list of Robert Hunter lyrics that I found in an old notebook. If you’ve listened to the Grateful Dead, you’ve heard these lines over and over again, embedded […]

  • Incident in English 177

    Incident in English 177

    I took a course at UC Berkeley called The Literature of Philosophy in which we would spend hours debating philosophical constructs and how language was used to express an idea. Out of all the things we debated, one of the most memorable was a particular lecture from which my notes, after all these years, still […]