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Monthly Archive for May, 2009

by Anonymous*: Glug glug glug? Both Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt believed it so, yes, but throughout the 1960s and into the early ’70s, I was a HUGE Beach Boys fan, thus I vastly prefer “Chug-A-Lug” (Chug-A-Lug). To those who disagree another term at the Gravesend School of Doo-Wop might be in order. “Fuck that, […]

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Midnight. Gowanus was silent. Millions of eyes had closed. Most of the lights had gone out. Now that the others were resting it was time for Caz Dolowicz to work. Now that the others were dreaming it was time for him to wake. Now that the day was ended for the rest of Brooklyn his […]

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Let us take a day in Balzac’s working life, a day typical of thousands. Eight o’clock in the evening. The citizen’s of Paris have long since finished their day’s work and left their offices, shops or factories. After  having dined with either their families, or their friends, or alone, they were beginning to pour out […]

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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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George Washington of Boro Candidate for President Politicians about town were startled today with the news “George Washington of Brooklyn” is listed as an applicant for a place on the primary ballot as a candidate for the Presidential nomination on the American party ticket in South Dakota. The news came as a dispatch from Pierre, […]

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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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May 8, 1997 Consider crimes that are defined by a state of being, rather than the perpetrating of some definite act at definite time and place. Such laws are already in action. In New Orleans I saw the beginning: Agent: “I’m going to have to send you to prison.” Suspect: “Why Mr. Faulkner?” (Yes, he […]

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Jason Cohen is what Grammy Hall would call a real Jew. Time was, that wouldn’t have been a big deal, at least not in Brooklyn; the place was full of ‘em! Cohen even lived in his mother’s ancestral homeland of Midwood for a couple years in the early-1990s— Midwood! And let me tell ya’ll, Midwood […]

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It’s one of the wonders of early ’70s rock culture: Marc Bolan, aka Tyrannosaurus Rex (in his English hippie phase), aka T. Rex (as world beating glam rock hero, at least briefly) was Jewish. But he was, and there’s a Tzadik label Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan tribute cd to prove it. Rose Pastor Stokes […]

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