Archive for September, 2013

The end of an old road. The beginning of a new one.

The day at the bungalow in Far Rockaway with 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and the tiny clams nipping at us in the waves. Also a day, years before, walking to the beach in FR to pick up sea glass on break from the worst of jobs, a fleeting escape from the misery. […]

It must be always night, otherwise they wouldn’t need the lights.

Tips from Thelonious Monk.

Weekend recs

The IT Crowd, written by Graham Linehan 2006-2010 The humor in British TV series The IT Crowd is both ridiculous and exceedingly clever. Richard Ayoade and co-star Chris O’Dowd play incurably dorky computer techs Roy and Moss, managed by computer illiterate Jen (Katherine Parkinson), working in the IT department of a huge multinational corporation.   Ayoade […]

One week // one band

I was hankering for The Cure this week and went back to re-read Chris Ott’s terrific posts on the One Week / One Band blog, from about a year ago. Highly recommended for anyone whose emotional life was tied to one or more Cure songs at age 15.

In memoriam: Marshall Berman, 1940-2013

I posted an earlier version of this at ahistoryofnewyork.com. One of the great delights of the decade Cyrus Patell and I spent teaching our Writing New York class was the repeated opportunity to screen clips from Ric Burns’s monumental New York: A Documentary Film. Without a doubt, the highlight of that film is — for […]

Weekend recs

Tracey Thorn, Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star (Virago UK, 2013) Tracey Thorn’s voice: simply sublime. It evokes salted caramels, rainy English afternoons, Dusty Springfield 45s. It can do anything: orchestral pop, trip-hop, house music for grown-ups. So what a treat to discover that she can write, […]

Daddy was a real good dancer

Sure, this is a tearjerker and a pretty good song, too. But I’ll stick with “Surrender,” thanks.

Breaking Brigham

It’s not everyday that you find Mormons and methamphetamine crossing paths.

Our stupid awesome inevitable Afterlife

Why do I want to write about Kenneth Goldsmith and Sheila Heti and Social Media and The Afterlife? Cause they all add up to this really hot sweaty tangled love story. With a surprise ending. Here, come with me… I’ve been running along this intellectual trail for a few months. It’s got some awesome leaps […]

Weekend recs

Turn Around Bright Eyes, by Rob Sheffield (2013) Part memoir of sweetness and falling in love, part musing meditation on the cultural relevance of ubergods like Rod Stewart and Neil Diamond, part spelunking exploration of the shimmering psyche of why we Must Sing Karaoke. Nobody remembers every second of pop culture and every conversation he […]