A Year In New York

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Day 64: Central Park is Like a Box of Chocolates

August 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

As the sun set behind the towers on the Hudson, Joo and I stepped onto a bus, destination Central Park. If we hurried we’d just make a free showing of “Misalliance,” a play by George Bernard Shaw, staged outdoors and on the run. Ushers pointed us to a patch of grass on the Great Hill. […]

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Day 42: The World of Mad

August 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

My friend Dane Golden is in town from San Francisco and wrangled us a tour of the offices of Mad magazine, the publication that was honing satire to a lethal edge years before Stephen Colbert and the editors of The Onion were even born. The office is in a glitzy tower on Broadway near Times […]

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Day 34: The Future of Porn

July 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I met my friend Jen, who is visiting from Amsterdam, at Gizzi’s Coffee in Greenwich Village today to catch up on new projects, and in Jen’s case that means erotic film. “Is this a gay coffee bar, or is it just a gay-friendly coffee bar?” asked Jen as she settled in, pointing at the tri-corner […]

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Day 32: Chorus Confessional

July 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I have a confession to make to all my beer-guzzling, baseball-cap-wearing guy friends: I love musicals. Pathetic, I know. It is perhaps even more pathetic to admit how much I enjoyed tonight’s performance of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway, which is the capital of musicals in the same way that Wisconsin is the capital of […]

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Day 31: How Obama Made My Night

July 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I met my friend Jacques for a drink in the West Village, where we navigated the bridge-and-tunnel crowd buoyed by political bonhomie and a dangerously strong pitcher of margaritas.

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Day 20: A Festival of Lights

July 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

They say the best thing about summer in New York is the free shows in Central Park, so after dark I walked to the Great Lawn to see for myself. The New York Philharmonic was playing and its website recommended arriving early with a blanket, and candles.

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Day 17: We Melt In Their Hands

July 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Times Square is on the short list of every tourist’s visit to New York, with its giant electric signs that not only instruct you to drink Coca-Cola but showcase America’s knack for marketing things in the glitziest possible way. I arrived hand in hand with Joo while feeling two competing sentiments: 1) Just see if […]

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