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James Blake and Domestic Terrorism, NYPD Style

(5) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 4:29 PM

I try not to be judgmental. But make no mistake, if you are talking about anything other than the James Blake video this week, I am judging you. Harshly. As a white male in his late 40s, I have no special standing to talk about Blake, Black Lives Matter, police...

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Permission Granted!

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 6:48 PM

This is a bright guy sitting across from me in my office. Early 20s. Funny. Charismatic. Clothed and framed out of Elvis Costello's 1978 closet, and so suffused with post-ironic, post-modern, geek-cool that every word he speaks is loaded with world-weary wisdom and nerd-fighter hopefulness at the same time.

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Phillip Roth and Me: A Micro-Memoir

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:48 PM

This was originally told as a Twitter story. I've just removed the hashtags. It's 100 percent true.


Just married. 25 years old. Move into pre-war on Upper West Side of NYC.

Get in elevator one night, with my wife, Amy, and standing there, looking every bit like himself,...

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As the Father of a Daughter

(106) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 5:10 PM

As the father of a daughter, I had trouble falling asleep this weekend after watching the coverage of the shootings in Santa Barbara.

As the father of a daughter, I know how much those girls were loved, how badly their parents wanted to keep them safe,...

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Lessons From Pussy Riot

(69) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Fuck Obama! I don't mean that at all. If I could vote for the man ten times this November, I would.

But if I did mean it, I could write it, here, in America, without fear of government reprisals, censorship or jail.

I know: It's almost prosaic to talk about...

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Modern Nostalgia Freaks

(1) Comments | Posted December 24, 2005 | 12:19 AM

The name Bruno Sammartino might not mean much to you. Nor Ernie “The Big Cat” Ladd. Or even Ivan Putski, "The Polish Hammer." But to me, these men were gods. They were professional wrestlers of the late 1970s and every Saturday at midnight I'd watch them on channel nine in...

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