NOVEMBER 24, 2010 4:36PM

The Striped Coffin: My Earliest Memory

JFK funeral procession on TV

A reconstructed scene: 47 years ago tomorrow I stood before my parents' TV set, nose practically pressed against the tube, with the rapt attention a two-and-a-half year old toddler gives to the demonstration of a new pull toy. I say reconstructed because I have no memory of the… Read full post »

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MAY 7, 2009 3:21PM

The Objectification of Emma Watson


It's a grand but unspoken Hollywood tradition: the child star grows up and becomes sexualized.… Read full post »

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APRIL 29, 2009 8:48PM

Air Force One Buzzes Death Star; Governor Tarkin "Furious"


Maybe President Obama needs an Image Czar, not merely in the sense of someone qualified to create and manage photo opportunities but someone who would have nixed the ill-considered Air Force One debacle on Monday morning.

The latest government official with egg on his face is Louis E. Calder… Read full post »

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JANUARY 27, 2009 9:34AM

Images of Bush: "Mirror with a Memory"

4photo credits: upper left and right, Paul J. Rrichards/Agence France-Presse; lower left, J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press; lower right, AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

“The man beholdeth himself in the glass and goeth his way, and straightway both the mirror and the mirrored forget wh… Read full post »
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JANUARY 23, 2009 2:06PM

Obama's Picture War with the Media

21dayone_3aPhoto: Pete Souza/The White House

Well, actually it was more of a skirmish. On Wednesday, the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse refused to distribute images provided by the White House of the President’s activities in the Oval Office during his first full day in office,… Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2009 1:39PM

ObamaDayNYC: "Live" from Carolines

10:52 a.m.
I’m at our table in Carolines with my wife Dee (aka Girl w/Pen) and a happy, mimosa-fueled crowd of feminist confreres watching as the bi-Presidential caravan heads out from the White House. (This is unfortunately taking the form of an after-the-fact dispatch, since I don’t have… Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2009 10:04AM

ObamaDayNYC: Where are the flagpins when you need them?


THIS is what confronted me this morning in a little camera store Times Square, NYC on my way to the White House Project's  Inauguration Watch Party at Carolines' Comedy Club. What happened to the sprawling Times Square newstands selling everything from comics to cigars to, well, I… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 6, 2008 4:47PM

Orphaned Alaskan Wolf Pup (Updated!)


Picture courtesy First People

Since the Obama Administration will stand for change, they should signal this message through their choice of White House pup. I think they should adopt an Alaskan wolf pup orphaned by one of Governor Palin's sniper copters. Too much for Sasha and…

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NOVEMBER 5, 2008 12:23PM

Quiet Man Seeks Flag Pin



Wednesday, November 5th, 2008. I woke up this morning and decided I wanted to wear a flag pin, for the firsRead full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2008 12:07AM

All I can say is...

NOVEMBER 4, 2008 3:11PM

Election Day Salsa: ¡Obamonos!

Something on-topic for the day but guaranteed stress-free: getcho groove on with this music video performance of the song "Respondele a Obama" by Brooklyn funkmaster José Conde and his band Ola Fresca. I don't often get a chance to blog on my favorite passion besides the purel… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 25, 2008 3:04PM

Wassup Now, Eight Years Later?

This is perhaps the most poignant retread of an old ad campaign I've ever seen. It's clever, sad, and wise. A mild spoiler: Dookie, thank God, is still with us.
The interaction of art, commerce, politics and life is fully expressed in the… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 25, 2008 12:44PM

Joe Gets a Logo


As of this morning, Joe the Plumber is a brand as well as a hou… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2008 9:04AM

Happy Birthday, Mary!

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OCTOBER 16, 2008 1:22AM

Alba's Tale, Part Four





She turned back from the step, and took Martín again by the hand. She pulled him out to the road and he came along grudgingly, dragging the stick behind him and raising a cloud of gray… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 16, 2008 1:13AM

Alba's Tale, Part Three



For a long moment she didn’t reac… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2008 1:06AM

Alba's Tale, Part One




Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, late 1940s. Alba Martinez awoke at her husband’s first stirrings. She slipped her dry brown feet into h… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2008 1:05AM

Alba's Tale, Part Two





She looked up from the scattered chicken feed. Lucio stood i… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 14, 2008 10:24PM

Postcards from Camelot



Top: the Obama family, October 3, 2008
Bottom: The First Family, Hyannisport, MA, August 4, 1962

A few days ago I was in full ADD mode, surfing the web and breezing through my usual site-haunts, when I decided to take a detour to Obama's website…

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OCTOBER 14, 2008 2:27AM

My Study for One (at a Time)


The best thing about being newly single back in 2006, believe it or not, was finally having a library. It seemed that no matter how large our series of outer-borough NYC apartments were, living with my ex meant the floor plan never allowed for all of my books being in… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2008 11:31AM

The Importance of a Good Bedside Manner

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75 years ago there was at least the semblance of transparency. President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation directly, in measured tones, pulling no punches, with some expectation that his audience would meet him part of the way even though most of them were not financial experts. He ex… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2008 2:34PM

Our Table(tte) for Two


"I think you should get a little round table," I offered.
"You know, a bistro." 

"Hmm," she said, looking a bit doubtful. As she stared at the empty space in front of the windows, her eyes were filled with that vast table for ten, the one she once… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 1, 2008 2:26AM

Depression Cake #1: Recipe

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This is the first in a series of  posts taking a look at Depression Era culture of the past, and speculating on the Shape of Things to Come. What can we salvage from the past to survive? What are the implicati… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 2:34AM

Six Vistas for Susan


^ Newport, Rhode Island


^ Pigeon Point, California


^ Tetons Range, Wyoming


^ Taos Ski Area, New Mexico


^ Taos Pueblo, New Mexico


^ Vieques, Puerto Rico


For Susan... some sea, earthRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 3:21PM

McCain: Joker's Wild

"Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it. You know, I just do things."

                      &n… Read full post »