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Fish Brawl in a Brooklyn Barroom; Weird Ave. B

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I’d never seen fish fight before, but there they were in a fishbowl on the bar counter. One red, one blue (how patriotic), each about the length of my index finger, undulant and groovy, billowing their elaborate peacock fins, suspended there in the clear water. Watching fish fight is like watching extreme fighting, or a [&hellip
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Dirty Jubilee: Warring Sects Assemble for the Bush Coronation

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Washington, Jan. 20–So every four years there’s this rustling in the provinces, and the rustics head east, toward the royal court. Horse carts jam on the high-roads into the capital city, and one witnesses the grand pageant of the yeomanry: barkers; crapulous reeves on piebald horses; whores selling mutton pies; pox-scarred franklins; carbuncled highwaymen wearing [&hellip
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A Mysterious Little Publishing Venture

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

In fact, Read’s an environmental lawyer at a Park Ave. firm, which fact is…compelling. (A lawyer? one thinks, watching her peer, secret and bright-eyed, out from behind her tumbler of whiskey–straight out of the Edward Gorey School of Law.) She’s also, in a remarkable little way, a budding publisher. We’d met in Max Fish after [&hellip
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Andrew Sullivan in Church

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

"Well, I should say," piped the neat elderly little man, talking about Andrew Sullivan. The small fellow peeped up wide-eyed and earnest from scarf and loden coat and spectacles, a furry mammal. "I should say that what the fellow has to say should be contemplated with great seriousness!" Stares, blinks–then scurries off prim and furtive [&hellip
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Southern Cross: Testimony From the Mississippi Baptist Convention

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

FACE=”New York”> Southern Cross Testimony from the Mississippi Baptist Convention And heard crackling from the television set–it was Sunday–I’d fallen asleep the night before to an obscure cable band–a great and valid American voice. A turpentine-soaked rattling tickled my brain: "Mahfriendswedon’tbeLIEVE – that he’s the son uh God! We don’t TRUSS! – inhimbein’thesonuhGod! We don’t [&hellip
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Twilight of the Yenta Left?

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

It was possible. The site was the P.S. 321 assembly hall, crammed standing room only with locals–and with what locals. It’s impossible not to love Park Slope, and one of the reasons it’s lovable is because nothing can kill it: not this economy, apparently; not changing demographics; not the Age of Irony. No. Whatever happens, [&hellip
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Band War: Attempting Armageddon on the Jersey Shore

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

"Battle of the Bands…Saturday…at Hooligans…Long Branch, NJ…"       Oh, really?      Grow older, and you start to lose your facility with languages, with idioms you used to take for granted–whole continents that you used to bestride in your freedom and glory, swaggering in your boots, grow savage to you, and incomprehensible. They revert, at least as [&hellip
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Conservatives?

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Conservatives? So, stimulated by the convergent energies of the current "oil crisis" and the imminent election, the New York Post’s editorial page has recently developed a new method by which to abuse Al Gore. To abuse Gore is necessary–his disappearance from political life would represent an act of public hygiene–but the Post’s methodology indicates what’s [&hellip
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