A Year In New York

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Day 358: Obama in a New Light

June 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Recently I headed to Williamsburg in Brooklyn to see an exhibit by Joe Mangrum, an artist friend who creates fantastic visions from everyday things. He and I moved from San Francisco about the same time. Joe unlocked the door of Chi Contemporary Fine Art and showed me around just after the place closed for the […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Museums & Art · Personalities · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 255: We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1985

March 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In the frigid air of March, in the gloom of a deep recession, Manhattan’s clothing merchandisers have announced the dawn of a new, happy age in which everyone wears lime-colored golf shirts and bright peach polos. New Yorkers pull up their collars and seem unmoved.

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Day 223: The Smallest Appointment

February 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I am concerned that President Obama has passed two and half weeks in office already, distracting himself with Economic-Stimulus-This and Closing-Guantanamo-That, while one of the hairiest questions of his presidency hangs fire: who will be our First Dog? You’ll recall that, in the misty-eyed moments after he won the election, Obama walked onto the stage […]

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Day 206: Yes, We Must

January 20th, 2009 · 7 Comments

I got to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. before dawn today with some friends and found a spot near one of the Jumbotrons about halfway between the Washington Monument and the Capitol. Shivering be damned; I wanted to see Barack Obama become President Barack Obama and learn what tone he would set for the […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · Politics

Day 138: The Other Running Mate

November 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Today is the one-year anniversary of the most popular blog post I’ve ever written. I take little credit for this fact. If this post were a pop song, I’d be the bassist holding up the wall while another guy wagged his tail at the audience. That guy, of course, was an Illinois senator named Barack […]

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Tags: Politics · Schmoozing · Sports

Day 129: Jubilation in Times Square

November 5th, 2008 · 6 Comments

As the presidential election results came in, Joo and I stood on the corner of 43rd Street and 7th Avenue, the edge of Times Square, surrounded by an exultant crowd of people who hadn’t had reason to celebrate in a long time. Most were young and they were of every race, many of them mixed […]

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Tags: Politics · Why I Love This Town

Day 48: The New World of Veggie Art

August 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

With food shortages popping up around the planet, I’ve been drawn to visit the art museum known as P.S. 1, which this summer has built a rural farm right in the middle of Queens. The exhibit, called Public Farm 1, occupies the courtyard and is composed of cardboard cylinders planted with 51 varieties of edible […]

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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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Tags: Entertainment · Personalities · Schmoozing · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town