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Jerry Kavanagh

Jerry Kavanagh
New York,
April 19
Jerry Kavanagh is a former Assistant Arts Editor at New York Magazine, Editor in Chief at Conde Nast's Street & Smith's Sports Group, and New York Bureau Chief at SportsBusiness Journal.



DECEMBER 31, 2014 4:06PM

Memories of New York Magazine (Part 5)

I loved getting up in the morning for my job at New York magazine. New York set the tone—and the bar high—for every other city and regional magazine that followed. I’ve tried to describe how exciting the challenge was, how stimulating it was to be a part of the/

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DECEMBER 17, 2014 9:10AM

Memories of New York Magazine (Part 4)

As assistant arts editor at New York magazine in the second half of the 1970s, I enjoyed my relationship with all of the critics. Reading their copy and working and collaborating with them daily on the edits was an invaluable supplement to my more formal education. I was being pai/Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2014 4:20PM

Life at New York Magazine (Part 3)


Gail Sheehy’s non-fiction book Passages, written in 1976, was published in part in New York Magazine. Sheehy’s latest book, a memoir, Daring: My Passages, published in the fall of 2014, is a chronicle of her work as a journalist, biographer,

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DECEMBER 7, 2014 10:34AM

Life at New York Magazine (Part 2)

What a rollicking and enervating environment and collegial atmosphere we enjoyed at New York magazine, the prototype (and the best) of all the city magazines. My colleagues were the smartest, wittiest, most original and creative personalities I had ever met. 


So many of New Yo

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Al Sharpton
Sean Hannity
Kars for Kids jingle
Sonic booms
Mike Mayock
Nails on chalkboard
Steve Carell
Explanations of college football playoffs
Suzyn Waldman
Subway car air brakes
Julianne Moore accents
Dentist drill
Nicolas Cage
Bill Maher
Jay Z
Jargon users
Gilbert Gottfried
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DECEMBER 4, 2014 11:34AM

Life at New York Magazine (Part 1)

In the mid-1970s, I was taking classes in late afternoon and early evening at Columbia for a graduate degree and working full time during the day as assistant arts editor at New York magazine. So, before I ever set foot in the front of a classroom I was sidetracked by journalism, in a/Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 3:40PM

Assembly Line

One of the many small pleasures I enjoy as a substitute teacher in elementary school is the opportunity to attend with the children the holiday and spring concerts as well as the various assemblies orchestrated by the PTA throughout the year. The organization’s members do a marvelous job of se

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JULY 14, 2014 9:20PM

Not the NBA

“Are you in the NBA?” asked wide-eyed third grader Tim. I had just put my official National Basketball Association satchel down on the desk at the start of the morning’s class.

Not anymore, I said, as straight-faced as I could manage. 

“Wow! What team were you on? Can youRead full post »

JUNE 26, 2014 8:50AM

Focus on Kindergarten

Just when I thought I had worked my last day of the school year, I got a message from one of the kindergarten teachers, asking if I could fill in for her on the penultimate morning of the spring term. She was taking a half day to attend her younger son’sRead full post »

JUNE 18, 2014 9:47AM


I was sitting with sixth grader Aidan when he suddenly asked me, “Why are you wearing that tie?”

What’s wrong with this tie? I asked.

“You know...”

No, I don’t (but I suspected why he disapproved). Tell me, I said.

“The color.”

Pink. I caRead full post »

“Mr. K, want to see me do a handstand?” asked fifth grader Stephanie at the start of the day. She had respectfully waited until after the morning announcements and flag salute to make the offer. Poised at the rear of the classroom, she was eager to demonstrate her acrobatic prowess.

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APRIL 21, 2014 6:45PM


“Mr. K, you come to my house for dinner tonight?” asked an ever-cheerful fourth grader.
I don’t know where you live, I told him.
“Park Ridge. You come.”
O.K., I’ll see. What’s for dinner? I asked.
“Taco Bell. You like Taco Bell?”
No, I told him.
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Tonight’s Sweet 16 game in Indianapolis features a head-to-head match between the last two NCAA champions:  Louisville (31-5), which won last season, vs. in-state rival Kentucky (26-10), the 2012 title holder.


Louisville advanced last Saturday after defeating Saint Louis. A daRead full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 9:14PM

Jim Fregosi

Word came that former Major League Baseball player and manager Jim Fregosi, 71, suffered a series of strokes while on a cruise in the Caribbean with other MLB alumni. He passed away today. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family.

A six-time All-Star, Fregosi was famously traded… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2014 4:01PM

Tiger at the Super Bowl Gates

“The Trojan War will not take place.” The noble, sensible Trojan chieftain Hector says this repeatedly throughout Jean Giraudoux’s sublime play Tiger at the Gates. With his wife, Andromache, pregnant, Hector is determined to preserve the peace between his country and Greece after thRead full post »

JANUARY 26, 2014 4:51PM

The Grammys and Sports

In honor of, or perhaps in spite of, the Grammy awards tonight, we dug into our interview files to recall the favorite music or musicians of these sports and media personalities:
Ernie Accorsi: “The Great Pretender,” by the Platters
Marv Albert: James Blunt, Damian Rice, Sar/… Read full post »
DECEMBER 14, 2013 3:50PM

Remembering "Saturday Night Fever"

The film “Saturday Night Fever” opened in New York City on this date (December 14) in 1977. As assistant arts editor, I had the first read on the original manuscript, “Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night,” written by British journalist Nik Cohn and illustrated by James McM… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 1:32PM


The 35-year-old Mozart died on this date in 1791. The greatest tragedy in the history of music,said the distinguished musicologist H.C. Robbins Landon. In the months leading up to his death, Mozart composed a prodigious catalog of swan songs: The Magic Flute, his final piano/Read full post »
NOVEMBER 20, 2013 1:47PM

JFK and Roger Staubach on Life

This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy. The 35th President of the United States was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas. People around the world remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the tragic news that day. One/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2013 9:40AM

Albert Camus at 100

“Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness,” wrote Albert Camus, one of the indisputably great literary minds of the 20th century.

Born 100 years ago today in French Algeria, the brilliant and eloquent humanist (he refuted the label of existenRead full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2013 10:40AM

Why We'll Miss Mariano

• He never shot an imaginary arrow into the air after the final out.

• Cameron Diaz didn’t feed him popcorn at the Super Bowl.

• He never threw a jagged bat barrel at Mike Piazza.

• He didn’t drink beer and eat wings in the dugout when he wasn’t… Read full post »

“If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses,” wrote Goethe. Contrary to literary theory, the magisterial author of Faust was not alluding to the youngsters’ academic success but to their athletic prowess.

When I first read this,
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SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 8:49AM

All Dogs Go to Heaven?

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in the late nineteenth century.

Apparently, Stevenson, the author of such thrilling adventure novels for all ages as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, was not a jogger.

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AUGUST 28, 2013 12:49PM

We Interrupt This Lesson...

One thing I learned as a substitute teacher for elementary school children is to be prepared for interruptions—interruptions that start while I’m trying to take attendance before the morning announcements and flag salute and interruptions that continue during lessons, collaborative w… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2013 9:24AM

Gibberish and Journalism

The essay “Politics and the English Language”   (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm) is as relevant today as it was when George Orwell wrote it in 1946. Within the theme of the essay about the deleterious effects of ugly and slovenly language and thoughts, Orwell offeRead full post »