Category Archives: Current Events

An Open Letter to America

Hello America, It’s been a while since I checked in from the old Brooklyn Basement. Even when I was writing on here regularly, I usually tried to steer clear of politics, for the same reason that I mostly avoid political … Continue reading

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On Tom Waits and Robin Williams

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to write something about the Tom Waits song Come On Up to the House. I dearly love the song, and it has one of the best music videos I’ve ever seen. At first … Continue reading

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SXSW: Echoes of Attias

South by Southwest made national headlines last week, but not because of the unveiling of a new tech gadget or the sudden rise to fame of an indie band. Rather, SXSW became the backdrop for tragedy, as 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan … Continue reading

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Sunny’s Is Back

I already told the Sunny’s story here, but in brief: The 100-plus-year-old dive bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn is my favorite place in the world, largely because of the magical Saturday night jam it hosts; however, it’s been officially closed … Continue reading

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On Fruitvale Station, Oscar Grant, and Trayvon Martin

Last Saturday night, a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of murdering 17-year old Trayvon Martin. By an almost perverse coincidence, the verdict came through the night after the release of Fruitvale Station, a film that dramatizes the final day in … Continue reading

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On the Supreme Court and Self-Contradiction

I’ve always felt that the easiest way to explain the difference between liberals and conservatives in America, at least when it comes to social issues, is that if you think the 1960s (the Civil Rights Movement, protests against the Vietnam … Continue reading

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One of My Favorite Places: Sunny’s Bar

From the outside, Sunny’s Bar is the very picture of unassuming. A lonely building, identified with a yellow “BAR” sign, on a dark cobble-stone street at the very tip of Red Hook, a Brooklyn neighborhood cut off from the rest … Continue reading

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