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Robert J. Feldman graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1980. He has been practicing law for over three decades. Major cases have included U.S. v. Tesoriore, Peo. v. Cummiskey, and U.S. v. Lieutenant Dan Choi. He divides his time between Manhattan, Staten Island, and Fire Island Pines.

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Picturing Frederick Douglass

(9) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 12:22 PM

"PICTURING FREDERICK DOUGLASS: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century Most Photographed American" by John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd and Celeste Marie Bernier.
Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2015, 288 pgs.


Who was the most photographed American in the 19th century? Most would say either...

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti -- American Poet Unfurled

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 1:11 PM

"WRITING ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE : Travel Journals 1960-2010" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
(Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2015, 496 pgs.)


Best known for his generational classic poem A Coney Island of the Mind, his friendship with writer Allen Ginsberg and his co-founding...

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A Beautiful Mind

(6) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 1:53 AM

Health is not just the absence of disease, but the flourishing of human possibility. It's a spark between hearts, tears of forgiveness, fires of love, good bones, strong muscles, belly laughs, a blush in the nerve endings of the soul.---A Beautiful Medicine by David Mercier, Chapter One, page one.


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The Redemption of Bernard B. Kerik

(15) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:53 PM

"FROM JAILER TO JAILED": My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054" by Bernard Kerik.
(Threshold Editions, March 2015, 304 pgs.)


On November 6, 2009 Bernard Kerik agreed to plead guilty to failing to list either his daughter's...

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Fire Island Pines Commercial Property on the Auction Block

(11) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 2:06 PM

People come to the Pines for five reasons---sun, sand, surf, sex and status---say the elders of this community. We survived the AIDS pandemic in the eighties, multiple recessions hence and even the forces of nature known as Irene and Sandy. We are more than just an old Gloria...

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Law Professor: National Same-Sex Marriage 'Overwhelmingly Probable' Next Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:02 PM

On November 6 of this year, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 in DeBoer v. Snyder, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 21191, 2014 Westlaw 5748990, to reverse the marriage equality decisions from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. This created a split from the other circuits which will...

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Sam Wagstaff: The Impresario Who Made Mapplethorpe

(7) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Robert Mapplethorpe is a household name, known for his stunning and often erotic black and white photography. His lifetime lover and patron Samuel Wagstaff is much less known. That may change now with the publication of a new book.

Philip Gefter, who was on staff...

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Revisiting States of Desire

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 4:14 PM

The award winning author Edmund White slices, dices and generally chronicles "gay culture" in 29 books spanning over four decades.

His insouciant and poignant travelogue, States of Desire, is a description of gay life in all the major cities of the United States in the late 1970's before the...

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Poetry in Fire Island Pines

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 1:27 PM

After a tremendous, word-of-mouth build-up, the Fire Island Pines Arts Project produced the first ever Frank O'Hara Fire Island Poetry Festival on Saturday, July 12 featuring fifteen poets and artists, including Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish literary star, Eileen Myles, a rock star of a poet, and...

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What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurrs to me What a long, strange trip it's been.

Dark Star Orchestra, named after the Grateful Dead's epic psychedelic tour de force, re-creates the Dead experience. They are seasoned...

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Charlie Chaplin Drag King Swoops Into Carnevale in Venice (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 10:25 PM

She -- or should I say "he"? -- is back for an encore performance. For the ninth time in the past decade, our dear sister Sheila F. Buckmaster transforms into the true drag king she really is and is enjoying her role in the festivities of Carnevale di Venezia dressed...

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Sandy Swoops In To Fire Island Pines

(7) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Today, as the East Coast braces for a "once in a century storm," a mandatory evacuation of our beautiful sand dune has been announced. Power will be turned off, so only those fortunate enough to have electrical generators -- or perhaps a more adventurous spirit than we possess -- will...

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Life Returns To Fire Island Pines

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 8:00 AM

After a virtually non-existent winter, the Pines has suddenly come alive with the opening of the stores "downtown" on the first day of April. Now we can stroll a short distance to sample the world's finest comestibles in the Pines Pantry and the wines and spirits in the Pines Liquor...

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Winter in Fire Island Pines

(2) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 6:34 PM

The Pines, as it is presently known, may be just one of a dozen or so towns on the barrier reef three miles south of Long Island. Most would describe it as the premier gay resort in the world. During this holiday season we would call it pure Paradise.


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Just Battles

(5) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 11:54 AM

Being born and bred in New York City and having a wild adolescence during the 1960s caused me to always be suspicious of the government and cherish freedom and civil rights. While attending Brooklyn Law School, it became crystal clear that the only areas of law that inspired me were...

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