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Is Too Much Truth Uncouth?: Defending dishonesty

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

jeanne By Jeanne Martinet The headlines have been full of the story of Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels hitting Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper in the back with the baseball a couple Sundays ago, afterward admitting publicly that he had done it on purpose. Most commentators seem to agree that the real transgression was not the “drilling” but [&hellip
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Don’t Show Me Yours, I Won’t Show You Mine

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Boundaries in the Big City “Hey, you have a really great apartment!” would ordinarily be a very nice thing to hear. But when this particular sentence is uttered by a shirtless stranger leaning out of a window directly across the airshaft from your apartment, that is a whole other thing. This is what happened to [&hellip
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I’m Terribly Sorry

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Opinion Our Town

…But I am terrible at being sorry I was having a drink at one of my favorite Midtown eateries, one of those upscale places where the bar is secondary to the restaurant and is therefore extremely low-key. My friend and I were happily tête-à-tête when I suddenly felt someone pushing me, and I almost fell [&hellip
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Front Row Phobia

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Our Town, West Side Spirit

I arrived at the Jefferson Market Library event late and out of breath. As quietly as I could, I slipped out of my coat and turned off my phone, scanning the packed reading room from where I stood in the doorway. There were no seats left that I could see; in fact, there were several [&hellip
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The Last Minute Invite

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Editorial, Lifestyle, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

jo Is it healthy spontaneity or social laziness? It can be a wonderful thing—that phone call that comes like a wish fulfilled when you don’t have plans, you don’t feel like working and you are deep in the doldrums. Suddenly, there is a friend’s voice saying, “I have tickets to a show tonight, are you by any chance free?” And voilà! Your evening [&hellip
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Citiquette: Doubles Advantage a Singular Lament

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Okay, I confess: I envy married people. But it’s not for the reasons you may think. I envy married people because they have a built-in excuse to get out of absolutely anything. The other day, I was caught unawares by someone asking me to do something I did not particularly want to do. I hemmed [&hellip
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Citiquette: The After-After Party

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Our Town, West Side Spirit

The two-for-one philosophy of hosting By Jeanne Martinet As most savvy New York hosts know, when you throw a large cocktail party, you can expect approximately 60 percent of the invitees to attend. Of the 40 percent who don’t come, most have a scheduling conflict or illness and are truly sorry to be missing the affair.  [&hellip
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