Questions: Will Robert Caro pass the finish line on his LBJ series? Will Taki ever slow down? Is Colin Barrett the new master of Irish short stories?
Murals, theaters, and histories of Flushing.
Bennington reminisces about the shooting of 1973’s Amarcord, where he doubled as a peacock.
In a dream I was attracted to Patti Smith. Not true in the waking world.
Trends and themes in the complex and organized grid of the streets of New York City.
The new Speaker’s travails held no interest for me, despite Doomsday Clock warnings from the most Trump-blinkered opinion columnists. Also: George Saunders, though not in same mud puddle as Dana Milbank, strikes out with Liberation Day, belittling as he does the “little people” (who pay taxes).
Shambling north in the dishrag New York heat.
It wasn’t a cold, but it wasn’t a death sentence either.
Revisiting the area where my favorite record store once stood.
2023 was a wild ride. Let's take a look!
Disaster hits New Hampshire on Christmas Eve.
Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, his origins, and his monuments.
Artists have to be show-offs to some degree or their work never gets seen.
There’s always some monster under your bed.
It’s always next year somewhere in this brave new world.
The perfect spot to watch it all go to hell.
Life has no meaning, and we’re all going to die.
Herein lies the case against a version of intelligent design, because ChatGPT is mimicry without morality and speed without reflection.
If I asked you to name the most hated person in comedy, who would it be?
I love working with people who’ve come to the final chapter of their lives and no longer need to prove anything.
Reimagining Mother Seton meeting Violet and Polly in the 1800s. Good intentions with unforeseen consequences. Part 1.
I’ll sit in the back of the car. What Year Is It (#241)?
The bus stop, the USPS and other things, but not the Cowsills. What Year Is It (#227)?
It wasn’t always a tight-knit group, but we worked hard and enjoyed each other’s company. What Year Is It (#225)?
The late author talks about his book Be Cool.
A more rustic Long Island from decades upon decades ago. Clues after the jump.
A trailer for Smyles' new book, out now on Turtle Point Press.
A rare interview with the legendary American writer.
A live reading by the late artist, included as supplement with Ron Mann's Poetry in Motion, Vol. 2.
A conversation about his novel The Moor's Last Sigh.