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Sal Polisi: 1935-2015

Sad news. Sal Polisi, the master woodcarver at the South Street Seaport Museum, died on January 18th aged 79. Sal was a wonderful man who led a fascinating life, or rather multiple lives, and I was fortunate enough to meet … Continue reading

Joe Strummer: 12 Years On

JOE STRUMMER: TWELVE YEARS ON August 21st, 1952—December 22nd, 2002 Every generation has their rock icon and mine, like millions, was Joe. Rock icon—such a stupid term. Joe’s music, was so eclectic, such a global stew of every sound he’d … Continue reading

The Brooklyn Circus

A couple of years ago I did a piece about a local clothing store, The Brooklyn Circus, and its remarkable owner Ouigi, aka “The Bearded Man.” The piece never ran in the end, but I just came across a box … Continue reading

New Yorker Fail

Going through some old files the other day I came across this, my attempt at cracking the gilded halls of the New Yorker. Naturally I failed to make the grade, but I did get a nice e-mail back very quickly … Continue reading

Fundraiser for Sandy victims

 On Friday November 30th at the Magnet Theater in Chelsea I was part of a group of writers, performers and musicians helping raise money for families at PS 261 affected by the recent hurricane.  A huge thanks to Melanie Hoopes … Continue reading

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Thanks to the generosity of the NYC-area film production industry, a number of catering trucks have recently been providing free hot meals to those who have been hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Together with a number of volunteers they have … Continue reading

Writing American

Below is an article I wrote for the Visual Thesaurus website’s Word Count column about how working for the New York Times taught me to think, write—and dream—the correct American way. When I started writing for the New York Times … Continue reading

Olga Bloom 1919-2011

Olga Bloom, the founder of Bargemusic, the floating chamber music venue beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, died on Thanksgiving Day, aged 92. If anyone could be said to have lived a full life, it was Olga. When photographer Randy Duchaine and … Continue reading

Leonard Lopate Show

NPR’s Leonard Lopate recently interviewed Connie Rosenblum, the former editor of the Times’ City section, about the new anthology of City section pieces, More New York Stories: The Best of the New York Times’ City Section. The interview also featured … Continue reading

I Was an Also-Ran!

The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Best American Essays of 2010 has just been released and I discovered my essay “Jerry” about the “pathologically loquacious failed actor” (sorry, Jerry) who’s cut my hair for the past fifteen years was shortlisted at the … Continue reading