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The gods were seated near to Zeus in council upon a golden floor. Graciously Hebe served them nectar, as with cups of gold they toasted one another, looking down toward the stronghold of Ilium. — The Iliad by Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald ‘Don’t bother to heat the wine for me,’ said Bao-yu. ‘I prefer […]

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Three things about Empire Boulevard (there are more)*: First, what’s beef? In 1989, graffiti writer JA wilding on SONI’s house as recounted in Jim Dwyer’s excellent book Subway Lives (1991): JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA. And so on. This really happened and it didn’t end […]

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Held For Masquerading As A Soldier Twenty-two-year-old James Legosso, a “soldier” long a familiar figure in the Fort Hamilton section, will explain in Flatbush Court today why the cap and button insignia on his uniform belonged to a marine uniform, why sleeve chevrons indicated a sergeant major’s rank and where he got three medals which […]

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“Oh I like surprises.” “Mojo,” repeated the man, going into his briefcase, his face flushing, swelling as he leaned over to fish something. “Oswald Mojo.” Gnossos shaking his head, not recognizing the name, turning back to the wall, always cover your flanks. Leave the flanks exposed, they’ll tear right up the middle, nail you with […]

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Some of ya’ll might remember a book called Sidewalk (2000), by sociologist Mitchell Daunier with photogaphs by Ovie Carter, about the lives and travails of those who sell on the street for a living. (Included among whose real-life characters is the indefatigable Hakim Hasan.) Some of ya’ll might remember a book called Money Has No […]

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Speaking of mounts and the line, had horses once been about two feet tall, in the dim past? Was this another fantasy proffered by lofty science? Were more scientists slightly perverted? Were chemists considered scientists? How so? What horses won the 1858 Kentucky Derby? The Preakness? The Belmont Stakes? Do horse players always die broke? […]

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Let us take a day in Balzac’s working life, a day typical of thousands. Eight o’clock in the evening. The citizen’s of Paris have long since finished their day’s work and left their offices, shops or factories. After  having dined with either their families, or their friends, or alone, they were beginning to pour out […]

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Italian is a funny language and the Italians are a funny people. I don’t mean funny like The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight (1971), although Jimmy Breslin’s largely South Brooklyn-set novel is a fine picaresque. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed many Italian operas, was an Austrian Catholic, funnily enough, although his greatest librettist, Lorenzo Da […]

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BIG BROOKLYN FIRE Insect Killing Company’s Factory Burned— Gas Tanks Threatened The two-story frame factory of the Bowker Insecticide Company, at Smith and Huntington Streets, Brooklyn, was entirely destroyed by a fire which started in the engine room of the building last night. For a time it was thought that the shower of sparks would […]

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There’s a new Israeli in town! Her name is Meital Dohan and with John Ventimiglia, she’s co-starring in the second American production of Scottish playwright Anthony Neilson’s Stitching, opening February 26 at the Lillian Theater in Los Angeles, California. As I encourgaed New Yorkers to do last Spring,  I hope our new found Angeleno friends […]

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