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In Rainbows

It was always all about the coda. First, the acoustic. Then, DJ Latenight's studio magic: white noise, blips and beeps, digital stardust. Next, Mike Butterworth's electric. Then his voice, haunted, distant "Ooohs." The riff crescendos, repeating the same squealing...

The Great Escape

108 years ago next week, Henry Houdini premiered his "Great Escape." The famed magician was handcuffed and shackled, then nailed into a crate which was roped and weighed down with two hundred pounds of lead. The crate was then lowered into the East River from a tug;...

Digging For Fire

"Sometimes, two things are true at the same time. The world is grim and hilarious; the future is bright and unthinkable; you are sad, but you are dancing; you are home, but it is not the same." For weeks, as I tumbled this poetic truism over and over and over in my...

The Apogee Of Coronavirus

There are magical moments every morning these days. This is one. The girls are seated and still (for now) in their makeshift classrooms: plastic folding tables and antique chairs salvaged from the basement. They're tapping away at their Chromebooks. Elsie is smiling...
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

108 years ago next week, Henry Houdini premiered his "Great Escape." The famed magician was handcuffed and shackled,...

Digging For Fire

"Sometimes, two things are true at the same time. The world is grim and hilarious; the future is bright and...

The Apogee Of Coronavirus

The Apogee Of Coronavirus

There are magical moments every morning these days. This is one. The girls are seated and still (for now) in their...

This Is Not A Test

This Is Not A Test

Flashback: New York City, January 2020. I planned the "Only You (DJ Latenight Remix)" release for Valentine's Day...

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Funland

Twenty-two years ago this weekend, I left Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, with two grand in my pocket, a hot bike lashed to...

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Sunny On These Days

Tonight's my first rock show in more than a year, and I'm a little bit freaked. Other than "A Holiday Benefit, Vol....

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Baby Brain

I'm 38,000 feet over Albuquerque, New Mexico, when the newborn in 8B begins crying. I can hear it all -- including the...

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