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Speaking of Red Hook Raiders*, there was some unusual activity in the neighborhood of Pioneer Park this Friday Night, which isn’t to say unique just… unusual. With the exception of our respected colleague and recent interviewee Lost City Brooks,  WWIB has had just about zero use for any of the Red Hook or related blogs […]

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Cocktails and signs of “ads” flashing, light’s waterfalls, — Louis Zukofsky, from “55 Poems” (1941) Now and then there are flashes in the world of business, finance, sport, art or theatricals a colorful figure which comes we know not whence or how. But because it exerts enormous influence and kicks up dust generally, and because […]

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Death loves a mystery. Death can’t get started. Death in high heels. Death makes the world go ’round. Death in a Class A uniform. Death at the Dakota. Death your magic spell is everywhere. Death is here to stay. Death goes to the movies. Death is marching on. Death travels to Samarra. Death and his […]

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This isn’t funny so try not to laugh: Flyers festoon the walls, lampposts, electrical boxes and kiosks of downtown Athens, GA, where the the pollen is also abundant. At first I thought this was a goof— wait, wait, Bandita was stolen?! But that’s because my Spanish is rusty and in fact, bandita is not a […]

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Californian Kim Cooper is many things to many people: writer, editor, Scram magazine tyro, historian, catalyst and the conjunction of so many hep underground cultural currents, I can’t name half of them without wanting to cannonball into the La Brea Tar Pits. Were I able to list them them all, I’d jump into The Wedge […]

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Comics, before they are permitted to pass into camp ground— I think to some extent of W.C. Fields and Lenny Bruce— must suffer a sea change. Despair is downgraded to aggravation, madness is misread as eccentricity; and when from the extremes of alienation they rage and rail at us we hear or choose to hear […]

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How do you write about a Legend? Especially when you go back like we do— way back, to the basketball courts, pizza parlors, lechoneras, ominois stairwells and merengue blasting nights of the Bronx. Meet Christopher J. Sullivan, pure Bronx Irish out of Kingsbridge with Cardinal Spellman for leavening; meet Ernie Koy, Jr., a Puerto Rican […]

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by Yenta Gersh If it’s been a while since I wrote about Kevin Walsh, it’s not because either one of us lost the interfaith— I just forgot. But this morning I forgot to remember to forget, and here we are, 22 degrees and sunny. The Rockaway surf report says “flat and poor conditions” so that’s […]

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Everybody say sh’ma! In the midst of city, state and federal affairs of unpleasant tiding, there came this Sunday at least some good news. Suzanne Wasserman, historian and filmmaker, wrote a piece about her father, Edward, for the New York Times, “A Bensonhurst Boyhood, Unlocked At Last”. I might have more to say about family, […]

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I ride the trains nearly every day, have for years, and have never grown sick of it. On the platforms and in the cars, I have witnessed nearly every kind of insanity you can imagine,from the simply peculiar to the genuinely frightening. On one of my very first hour-long trips down to Coney Island, I […]

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