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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 Promise Of “Great Lakes”

“Great Lakes” is an album haunted by water: water that drowns (“Oceans of Doubt”) and destroys (“Brand New Oblivion”),...

My Sunshine

Difficult to tell for sure, but I think today's the day it clicked for Maggie. "Oh, that sound I keep hearing from the...

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Nothing Is Cool

"Are you cool?" The year is 1996, and -- while I've finally ditched my pleather pants, green lame shirt and blue...

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What We Talk About

My buddy Rick recently hipped me to his blog, Past His Prime In NYC. Like me, Rick moved to Manhattan in his early...

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Home For Christmas

Thus far, parenthood is riddled with cliches: chubby cheeks, bare bottoms, wide eyes -- the whole thing. Unlike other...

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