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Lee Sing and Miss Liberty Produce Patriotic Chop Suey Lee Wong Sing took a walk Sunday and, thanks to his own restless spirit, thanks to the Fourth of July, and thanks to the burning patriotism of the reporters at Brooklyn Police Headquarters, it landed him on the front pages today. Lee Wong Sing is 11 […]

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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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Thereupon, the maidservants were instructed to reset the table and an elaborate spread of meat and vegetable dishes, along with other dainties of every kind, which had been prepared in anticipation of Hsi-men Ch’ing’s return, was laid before them. Sister-in-law Wu, sensing that the time had come to take flight, asserted that she did not […]

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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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In anticipation of Victoria Day, coming up May 19, WWIB re-presents its epic, nearly all-inclusive interview with writer, professor, mixologist and so much more, Mark Kingwell. Jane Jacobs gets tweaked a little and I only wish it were a little more. Maybe for Remembrance Day? — Valdosta Quitman Everybody’s talkin’ about Canada—not as much as […]

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Effie Richards, Effie Richards, do you remember me, And how I used to worship you at P.S. No 3? In the good old days of Childhood, full of happiness and mirth When I thought old-fashioned Brooklyn was the greatest town on earth. What soft brown eyes you had, my dear, what shy and birdlike ways […]

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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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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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Welcome back Caz Dolowicz! Thanks, glad to be back, lots to catch up with. First, ya’ll must go see Stitching, & not just because Meital Dohan is such a great interview. I confess, I’m mostly a be-bop, big band, hillbilly & old blues guy myself but The Music Director told me some of the cooler […]

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From the deck of the S.S. Rockapulco… Swan: As guest correspondent Caz Dolowicz reported last week, Queens County Blogfest was far more than merely successful— it was, by numerous other accounts, a goddamn happening the likes of which not seen within 50 nautical miles of Beach 116th Street since the Golden Venture ran aground in […]

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