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While the brilliance of his photography is deservedly well known, Gordon Parks‘ film career is, Shaft aside, yet underrated and under seen. The Learning Tree (1969) does right by Kansan beauty and oppression alike and, if The Super Cops (1974) isn’t The French Connection (not that it could be, given the differences of their source material),until someone makes a movie about […]

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In winter the ashen stucco houses shaped like Camel cigarette-boxes squat before the Bensonhurst bay-mist. Bensonhurst, low, flat, rheumatic marshland, is a realtor’s reclamation project. Many of the streets which may be compared to the booming oil cities of the Oklahoma country seem to have sprung up over night. The houses are a makeshift stage-setting […]

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Believe it or not, it was my bike. This one I had bought at Madison Square Garden, at the end of a six-day race. It had been made in Chemnitz, Bohemia and the six-day rider who owned it was a German, I believe. What distinguished it from other racing bikes was that the upper bar […]

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Ignorant of the ways of publicity and chance alike, I’m unsure how these things happen but HiLoBrow.com has just been named by Time magazine’s Best Blogs of the Year . I could make up some things but not that! We’ve been meaning to catch up with WWIB’s  recently elusive publisher, Brian Berger, who doesn’t answer the phone, […]

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FRI. 28— Yesterday and today went to school; sat in on interesting lectures by Wm. Troy, Shapiro, et al; had talks with Holmes, Allen, and Geo. Bouwman at his home in Brooklyn; a few beers on the antique Brooklyn waterfront, Spanish whores, etc; saw Ruth Sloane; get Muriel and battled around two days with her, a […]

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“My brother’s in the Coast Guard,” Lee told him. “That’s why we’re here. He’s stationed in Ellis Island. Port security it’s called.” “My brother’s in Korea now.” “My other brother’s in the Marines. They might send him to Korea. That’s what I’m worried about.” “It’s not the Koreans you have to worry about,” Nicky Black […]

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Ya’ll know the four great classic Chinese novels, right? Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Water Margin, Journey To The West and Dream of the Red Chamber. We’ll discuss translations and swap drunken monk stories another post but one translator of Water Margin— also known as Outlaws of the Marsh— is one Sidney Shapiro (b. 1915), […]

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War Lust In Brooklyn Two super patriots, one 12 and the other 15, were in jail today because their efforts on behalf of the safety of the U.S. involved a slight disregard for the law. Radio Patrolmen Edward Murphy and Edgar Lavole were riding along at 3 a.m. today when they saw Robert Dier, the […]

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Police Files, October 1958 On the morning of Tuesday, September 8th, the lonely strip of county road lying between Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, was visited by death. Bloody, brutal and wanton death at the hand of a man with insane, murderous greed in his heart. Mimi Lipson, Food and Beverage (2009) Pinky’s […]

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Sante? He was just a five letter word in the headlines to me. I vaguely knew he’d done some things— maybe even great things— but not until an hour ago did I know realize was a poet too. But, lo and behold, here I am, house sitting in Gowanus and there it is, snug between […]

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