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On Not Thrashing M.F.K. Either

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

Porn, Pastoral, Etc. The development that followed Mitchell’s demise and made it possible to see the old fellow as anything other than a genteel schnorrer was Tina Brown’s revitalization of The New Yorker, which let you view the pre-Brown magazine from an improving distance, to forget how dull the old thing could be and to [&hellip
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Christmas As Ideological Apparatus

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

This year Christmas began during the first weekend of November. I saw it happening in Soho that weekend–saw the Christmas displays materializing in the windows. Yes, it was I who bore witness; it was I who saw the Christmas lights stringing during the first cold Saturday of that premature month. An unstoppable juggernaut, and within [&hellip
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The Rat Man of Elizabeth St.

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

CUT TO: NEIGHBORS, AGHAST. It’s a primal neighborhood myth–this Joseph Kirsh-as-rat-boiler myth–and it persists as a joke among some residents upon Little Italy’s now-affluent northern fringe. I was told the story by a resident of 239 Elizabeth St., a stately, and in fact Stanford White-designed, property that Kirsh–that long-haired and apocryphal rat-boiler, and a man [&hellip
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Beau Jest

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

And yet several good restaurants persist in celebrating the wine’s annual arrival. This year the stuff hits stores on Nov. 17, and L’Express, Les Halles and Tout Va Bien will all mobilize–as has become customary–at the stroke of midnight on that special day. L’Express: a prix fixe dinner, paired with overpublicized wine. Les Halles: live [&hellip
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Breakfast at Balthazar

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

My affection for Balthazar’s brunch was why I was so intrigued by the restaurant’s breakfast service, which begins on weekday mornings at 7:30. Getting up early’s an excruciating act that nonetheless works proactively to redeem your entire day, because it grounds you in the hyperreality of the early hours, when the gates of perception are [&hellip
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