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Monthly Archive for December, 2008

A couple days late but dead is dead, right? Likewise, while Indiana-native Freddie Hubbard (1938-2008) was probably not the signal example of jazz genius, during his peak years, he demonstrated a still staggering ability to be there and do his inside pushing outwards thing for Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, […]

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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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Armond White is a funny guy. That Armond’s excellent sense of humor isn’t often noted when people discuss his criticism doesn’t make his wit any less bracing. Of course, I don’t agree with everything Armond asserts— who could?— but still, it’s always strongly—sometimes strangely— argued, challenging and reverential of a life of the mind. As […]

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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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by Ernie Koy, Jr Look, my favorite Christmas movie is Blast Of Silence, so I’m not going to tell anybody to buy Lisa Kahane‘s Do Not Give Way To Evil: Photographs of the South Bronx, 1979-1987 for any reason other than the fact it’s goddamn great. I don’t want to give too much away either […]

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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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by Ernie Koy, Jr If you grow up in the Bronx, you grow up cynical, or you’re hiding up in Riverdale; either way, you weren’t— you aren’t— me. How to explain then the staggeringly stupid and vomitous appointment of outgoing Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión to head something called the White House Office of Urban […]

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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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by the Pride of P.S. 207, Lizard: I can hear the jabbering from Gowanus already: “4011 Fillmore, is that even in Brooklyn?” No, schmuck, it’s a chapter from the real good book, ya’ll remember the passage, Fillmore 40:11: “And Louie said, fuck Christmas.” It didn’t matter that Louie sold the goddamn trees nearby at the […]

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The Music Director serenades: Just when ya’ll thought it was safe to go back into the water, strange things are happening all over again. First, our good friend and recent interviewee, Suzanne Wasserman, will be appearing at the Brooklyn Historical Society tonight and speaking briefly during an evening of film. The BHS is located at […]

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