"In Peter Golenbock's 'Bums: an Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers,' Jack Newfield tells of the time he was having dinner with Pete Hamill. 'I said to Pete, "Let's try an experiment. You write on your napkin the names of the three worst human beings who ever lived, and I will write the three worst,... Continue Reading →
"It is wrong to hurt people because they believe in a different religion than you do," she concluded. ..."Didn't people *understand* that?" the older boy asked her.
"...and a party of ‘gentlemen’ actually planted themselves before our little cabin, and stared in at the door and windows ..."
Map borrowed from the Internet & altered/purpled by me; plum drawing also by me. Q: What's the difference between Cleveland and the Titanic? A: Cleveland has a better orchestra. --popular joke, ca. late 1970s The latter half of the 20th century wasn't kind to the city of Cleveland. You know the litany: river catches on... Continue Reading →
A couple of months ago, the New York Times ran a feature entitled "A History of New York in 50 Objects," a selection they hoped "could embody the narrative of New York." They were inspired by the BBC's "History of the World in 100 Objects," and I in turn have been inspired by them. Probably... Continue Reading →