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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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It’s been the same every August 22, or at least since then Brooklyn Borough President Sebastian Leone decreed it so in 1976: John Cazale Day! Less than two years later, the great actor was dead: the bone cancer. Director Sidney Lumet (b. 1924, and greatest maker of Brooklyn fims in the sound era*), the once […]

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One of my favorite jazz books is Sidney Bechet’s Treat It Gentle (1960). For those of ya’ll who don’t know, clarinetist and soprano sax player Bechet is one of the towering individualists of the first half of 20th century American music— check out his recordings with Louis Armstrong of Corona via Chicago and New Orleans […]

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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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What do I know about Queens? Besides every goddamn splinter in the boardwalk between Beach 116th and Beach 88th streets, and the memory of the mysteries (to a little kid) of Spanish girls at Playland, not too much. If that’s still a little more than, say, a “neighborhood blogger,” well… I thought that all city […]

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It’s impossible to say too many great things about Duke Ellington— just try it! And if by accident of fate or fatigue one does get tongue-tied, Stephanie Stein Crease, author of the recently published Duke Ellington: His Life In Jazz (Chicago Review Press) will have heps making creole love calls again faster than they can […]

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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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Not Cafe Wha? nor Cafe whuh? Rather Cafe Society, which  is also a new book subtitled “The Wrong Place For The Right People,” recently published by the University of Illinois Press. Terry Trilling-Josephson is the widow of Cafe Society owner, Barney Josephson, the Trenton, New Jersey shoe salesman turned legendary Manhattan nightclub mensch and one […]

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Dunedin Lanes, Florida Because of a minor but irksome arm injury sustained by Caz Dolowicz in a recent cosmic bowling accident, Caz is, by Cosmodemonic doctor’s orders, taking a few days off. During this involuntary furlough, I, Amber Tides, will be around if the old man just has to say something— ya’ll know how he […]

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Drinking near the Anclote River— watch out for the alligators! Drunk in Belleaire. Drunk in Clearwater and watching Cocoanuts again with Caz— why a no chicken? Drunk in Dunedin. Drunk at Eli’s BBQ and about to eat a pound of sausage. Drunk and fantasizing about Effie Richards. Drunk in Gulfport.  Drunk in the Civil War […]

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