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Rev. Al, Hiphop, Cornpone

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

Russell Simmons shook the rain from himself; walked alone across the mostly empty afternoon restaurant. "What’s up." "It’s intimate, Russell. It’s intimate." "A-ight." It was last Tuesday afternoon, rain scoured the Upper West Side, and a portion of the city’s black elite, Simmons among them, were gathering to deliver a press conference in the back [&hellip
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Bad Nerves at Sebastian Junger’s Bar

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

Half King, Full Up Half King 505 W. 23rd St. (10th Ave.), 462-4300 Have always been what the kindergarten teachers called "high strung," but lately the symptoms of my condition have become remarkable, and I’ve become acquainted with what the medical professionals have–in their detached harriedness–assured me are psychosomatic maladies. In other words, the stuff [&hellip
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Geraldo in 2001

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

And yet, the derision of the opinionmaking classes aside, Geraldo’s running for mayor might be one of the better things that could happen to our local political culture, a culture so stale and sclerotic–there are few creatures more temperamentally conservative than the traditional "New York liberal" who persists in defining local politics–as to make the [&hellip
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Taking Your Meds

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

Taking Your Meds Oliva 161 E. Houston St. (Allen St.), 228-4143 The space has been converted into a nice little Mediterranean/Basque restaurant called Oliva. The place seems to be filled with Europeans, who, despite what’s always said about them in New York, really have relatively little to apologize for, and with a smiling young staff [&hellip
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Drug-Related Crimes

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

What’s interesting for students of cultural morphology, though, has been the Drug War’s escalation during the Clinton/Gore years. Years during which, as we all know, we’ve been privileged to exist under a Swinger President, a member of the postwar meritocracy from whom could be expected bold, liberating, just societal transformations. And so in the Drug [&hellip
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Right-Wing Sleight of Hand

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

Meanwhile, Patrick Buchanan–a borderline Hitler apologist, etc.–chose as his runningmate a black woman from Los Angeles named Ezola Foster, a former teacher. In a more reasonable world these facts would have some effect on our political discourse, and opinion makers–like even the most stubborn Ptolemaians confronted by Copernicus–would adjust their cosmologies accordingly. Seeing Buchanan embrace [&hellip
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Waffle As Drug: Mainlining Sugar and Starch

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

Waffle As Drug Been told that sugar’s a poison when injected into the bloodstream of a moody animal such as myself. Or if not a poison, at least a factor that swings a metabolism into places where I’d rather mine weren’t, stimulating corresponding imbalances (addled serotonin levels) in the brain; boomerangs you into places in [&hellip
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Profanity-Free Baseball: An Atlantic League Notebook

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

An Atlantic League Notebook On Sunday, July 2–a blazing blue day–a friend and I awoke early and set out from Brooklyn, armed with sunscreen and a sense of possibility. I guess we reverted to that state of childhood purity when the mere thought of sunlight on water’s enough to evoke a world, and a belief [&hellip
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Shroomin’

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

Shroomin’ Stumbled home on Friday evening to find my roommate sprawled on the couch, drinking beer and watching on video–and with a debatable degree of moral seriousness–American History X, the movie from a few years back in which Ed Norton plays a neo-Nazi skinhead from the Southern California poor-white sticks. I stood in the darkened [&hellip
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