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Things That Make Life Worth Living

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

It’s impossible to feel poor while eating a well-cured piece of meat. That’s because you’re tasting the effects of time. Same goes for wine. Scotch. Fine cheeses. With meat the sense of luxury can be especially acute, because it could just as well be enjoyed plain. Liberty to delay gratification is the essence of wealth. [&hellip
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Will “Hiphop Minister” Conrad Muhammad Go from N.O.I. to G.O.P.?

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Conrad Muhammad: Hey, good brother, what’s happening? What’s going on, man? Man on 125th St.: I’m alright, how you doin’? CM: It’s good to see you. How’s your family doing? They good? How’s Tony? M125: He’s great. CM: You know I’m running for Congress, right? M125: Congress? CM: Did you hear about it? M125: You [&hellip
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Barracuda of Bay Ridge

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Earlier this year I helped my younger brother apply to grad school by editing his essays. Since college, he’d cooked a whole lot, but hadn’t done much writing. His first drafts had no commas. Somehow, a Kerouackian approach didn’t seem right for the ed/psych doctoral path. We discussed this, and he overcorrected, turning in statements [&hellip
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Straight Outta Brooklyn: Q&A with MC El-P

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El-P was the founder of Company Flow. The crew is best known as a trio (with DJ Mr. Len and co-MC/producer Bigg Jus) that released only one album, 1997’s Funcrusher Plus. Riotously complex, yet funky, it played a big part in launching a then-new movement of avant-minded hiphop, which came to be called the Underground. [&hellip
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Malaysian Rasa Sayang

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

In hiphop slang there’s a pseudo-Islamic alternative map of New York, in which Brooklyn is "Medina" and Harlem is "Mecca." Queens gets stuck with "The Desert." It’s a typical slight against what was long perceived as the "soft" borough, relatively devoid of zones where outsiders fear to tread. Even Jersey got lucky with "New Jerusalem." [&hellip
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