Amazing Grace – MP3

In U2’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love),” Bono sings, “Early morning, April 4 / A shot rings out in the Memphis sky.” Martin Luther King, Jr. was, in fact, assassinated at 6:01 pm on April 4, 1968 — forty years ago this very moment....

Martin Luther King, Jr. On Turning “I” Into “Thou”

Forty years ago tonight, on the balcony of The Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. The following speech, since referred to as “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop,” was delivered April 3,...

Have You Seen Me Lately?

“So what have you been up to?” That’s young Ryan Vaughn, drummer to half of the bands on the Lower East Side, talking. It’s just before seven o’clock on Saturday night. The sun has cast a warm, early-spring urbanglow on Avenue C. Ryan,...

Benjamin Braddock, Holden Caulfield & Me

There’s a great article in Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue on the making of one of my all-time favorite film’s, The Graduate. Of course, the film, released in 1967, somehow captured the zeitgeist of the late ’60s, especially the generation gap...

Shaking All The Nonsense Out

It took some convincing to get noted author, activist, singer/songwriter and mystic Bo Lozoff to preside over Abbigail and my wedding ceremony. In addition to his 200+ days on the road speaking in prisons, schools and churches on behalf of his Human Kindness...