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On August 4, 2006— the second of Louis Armstrong’s two birthdays that year and every year (Pops believed he was born on July 4, but his posthumously discovered baptismal record said otherwise)— Marshall was in the spirit! The coincident occasion was my writing about Louis’ recording of a Schaefer Beer commercial. And for anyone who might […]

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Yes, many’s the night I attended a recital in one of these hallowed musical morgues and each time I walked out I thought not of the music I had heard but of one of my foundlings, one of the bleeding cosmococcic crew I had hired or fired that day and the memory of whom neither […]

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There are four The Scene Is Now. Co-founder, Minnesota-native and singer Chris Nelson is the greatest city poet since Kenneth Fearing; if that sounds a bold statement, just ask Chain Gang’s Ricky Luanda, who knows. Co-founder, keyboardist and Peter Seaborg Award-winning historian Philip Dray is also from Minnesota; he doesn’t sing and very rarely solos. Guitarist […]

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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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I don’t think Faulkner is worth the antebellum South, and I would rather not have had Kafka at the proce of twentieth-century European carnage. But in trying to locate contemporary American writing I look at the thirties, that supposedly meager decade if misfired artistic energy and of duped intellectuals and bad proletarian novels, and I […]

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He opened his eyes on Space/Time Employment Agency, down on lower Broadway, near Fulton Street. Bad choice, he thought. It meant 15 cents for the subway. But a deal was a deal. On the Lexington Avenue downtown he saw a bum lying across the aisle, diagonal on the seat. Nobody would sit near him. He […]

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SUSPECTS IN BONFIRE MURDER Two Poles Arrested by the Greenpoint Avenue Police Patrolmen Mattes and Biredy of the Greenpoint Avenue station, Willismsburg, arrested two Poles last night as suspicious characters in connection with the murder of the woman whose body was found in the bonfire in Williamsburg on Thursday. The men described themselves as Julian […]

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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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Uptown, Hazel Scott was big excitement for some of the biggest Hollywood stars. Franchot Tone was mad for her, Burgess Meredith, the biggest society playboys in New York. All looking for big excitement, and she was. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. had a crush on her. He liked her so much that he brought his mother, […]

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Up really late or really early Brooklyn time? Well, WWIB’s Publisher Brian Berger can be heard on Austrian state radio, ORF, at 09:45 Vienna time, which is 3:45 am in New Lots and elsewhere. The program, conceived and assembled by former Brooklyn resident Christian Lerch, is about the culture and geography along the route of […]

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