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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 »
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, and/… Read full post »
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
Kars for Kids jingle
Nails on chalkboard
Explanations of college football playoffs
Subway car air brakes
Julianne Moore accents
National… Read full post »
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… Read full post »
“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 you… Read full post »
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.
No, I don’t (but I suspected why he disapproved). Tell me, I said.
Pink. I ca… Read 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.… Read full post »
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.
“… Read full post »
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 da… Read full post »
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 »
“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 th… Read full post »
Ernie Accorsi: “The Great Pretender,” by the Platters
Marv Albert: James Blunt, Damian Rice, Sar/… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
Born 100 years ago today in French Algeria, the brilliant and eloquent humanist (he refuted the label of existen… Read full post »
• 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 »
“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.… Read full post »
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 »
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 offe… Read full post »
Given the choice during this past school year between teaching (as a substitute) kindergarten or high school, I opted for kindergarten every time. I’ll take the youthful enthusiasm and innate curiosity of five year olds over the grim indifference and monosyllabic inarticulateness of so many tee… Read full post »