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bill-hayes's picture
Aug.25.2013
I once said to someone that one doesn’t come to New York for beauty.  I said that’s what Paris or Iceland is for.  I said one comes to New York to live in New York, with all its noise and trash and rats in the subway and cabs stuck in crosstown traffic jams. I didn’t know what the hell I...
bob-mustin's picture
Aug.17.2013
  Carole King - A Natural Woman - A Memoir, by Carole King   The famous many of my generation are now writing memoirs trying, I think, to explain their lives more to themselves than to their fans and other readers. Of course, a number of the memoirs I’ve posted on here have...
robert-earle's picture
Aug.11.2013
  Sunset Park is a neighborhood in western Brooklyn, New York, where four young people are squatting in an abandoned house.  The central figure among them is Miles Heller, who has severed ties with his father and mother from his late teens to his mid-twenties and is on the verge of...
bill-hayes's picture
Jul.31.2013
I met a girl at a party who almost got into a fight over directions.  In fact, that’s pretty much exactly what she said when she came up to me:  “I almost just got into a fight with a guy out there over directions.”  She glanced at the sidewalk.  She was still incensed. ...
bill-hayes's picture
Jul.26.2013
One day not long ago, I left work at 5:15 and headed west on Fulton to catch the uptown 4/5 at Broadway.  The sidewalk was packed thick with commuters.  I felt weary and aggravated by the slow pace of the crowd.  “Come on, people,” I muttered under my breath, “let’s move.”  Just...
steven-belanger's picture
Jul.24.2013
Photo: The house, tree, and noose from the movie, from the movie's Wikipedia page.  The real house in the village of Harrisville, in Burrillville, Rhode Island, looks nothing like this.   Very good, very creepy horror film, supposedly based on a real house in Burrillville (village:...
terence-clarke's picture
Jul.23.2013
The literary editor is now a rare species. Gone are the days when you and your novel could enter into a collegial, comfy relationship with someone like Maxwell Perkins or Jacqueline Onassis. During the last few decades, numbers of editors have been let go by the major corporatized publishers in...
steven-belanger's picture
Jul.03.2013
Photo: The book's hard cover, from bookdepository.com   The small hardcover of Stephen King’s Blockade Billy / Morality is handsome to hold and to look at, and it looks different than any of his other actual physical books.  The two stories inside are the same: very different than usual...
bill-hayes's picture
Jul.01.2013
I know New Yorkers who last took a subway in their twenties—thirty years ago—or who would rather be stuck in traffic any day than on an express train anyplace. That’s cool. Someday I, too, may know the luxury of a town car and driver or what it is always to take a taxi home. But till those...
susan-keefe's picture
Jun.28.2013
The beautiful and the dangerous. It’s Thanksgiving, a great time for family and yet again we are transported back in time to 1962 by Bobby Valentine as he relaxes after dinner and settles down to tell his daughter Lynn a bit more about what life was like way back then. Despite popular belief...