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How DFW Got Me a C+

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2009 | 10:23 PM

September 12 is the first anniversay of the death of my literary hero, David Foster Wallace. RIP.

I'm good at school. This isn't to be confused with smarts; it's a skill, knowing how to beat the system, realizing where to best deploy your time and effort, how to read...

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Kink and the City

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 2:11 PM

Happy Ending is a small, cozy club/lounge on Broome street, just north of Chinatown. The awning gives little hint to its interior — it enigmatically reads "XIE Health" on a pink background. It used to function as a massage parlor (or so the story goes; I don't care enough...

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Why I (Sometimes) Don't Wear A Kipah*

(8) Comments | Posted July 29, 2009 | 11:32 AM

*Also commonly known as yarmulke (or variations thereof) and kapul. More secular versions include skullcap and jewcap. Often confused by the uninitiated with the religiously insignificant beanie.

When I made my twice-deferred move to New York, to finally matriculate at Columbia University, I did so with a confident, if nuanced,...

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Long Live Canada!

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2009 | 1:31 PM

Quick – what's red, white, drunk, and impeccably polite?

Canada Day revelry, obviously. You may very well not know (or care) that, a mere three days before America's birthday, Canada has a celebration of its own – on July 1, 1867, the British North America Act unified the provinces...

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