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Another Reason to Dislike Park Slope

I’ve never really been seduced by Park Slope the way that most New Yorkers seem to have been seduced by it. It reminds me of neighborhoods in Boston. I hate Boston. So this Park Slope woman started an online petition to get the owner of a new club to play indie music instead of rap. [...]

Discovery!

Every so often, I come upon something that’s just jaw-droppingly good. Sometimes these discoveries make me feel like an asshole. In my late-twenties, I moved to Queens. Although the missus doesn’t believe me (mostly because she saw the state of it when we were first together), I would occasionally clean my apartment. To get the [...]

I’m Not a Bigot, But…

I’m not going to weigh in on whether NPR should have fired Juan Williams or not, mostly because I don’t give a shit. There’s one particular quote from Juan’s appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” that’s getting pulled by various news sources (I pulled mine from the Huffington Post): I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a [...]

Yes, You’re Bigots.

You’ve probably heard by now that a developer has proposed building a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center. It got near unanimous support from the community board down in those parts (no small feat) and frankly isn’t a big deal at all. Unless you’re a bigot. You see, the bigots have decided [...]

Attention, Non-White Readers!

If you happen to be traveling in Arizona in the coming months (or years, depending on how long this new immigration law is on the books), I recommend first checking out this site here. I don’t speak Spanish, but I’m pretty sure I understand what’s going on. It’s a most excellent idea. And if racist [...]

Just Read Zirin

Socio-political issues are always more nuanced than public discourse allows. Still, I don’t think I’m going out on much of a limb if I say that Arizona’s new immigration law is racist. In general, I support the idea of a boycott of the state, although I also have an aunt who runs a B&B in [...]

That Doesn’t Make It a Hairline

On my way home from work the other evening, I saw a most curious fella. He seemed like a day-laboring sorta guy, at least in terms of his wardrobe. Work boots. Nothing he wore was hip or fashiony. His backpack was pretty dirty. At the same time, he seemed to have some concern about his [...]

Grand Old Black People!

I’m not going to link to the Republican National Committee’s website, but if you want a bit of a treat, check it out. I recommend just clicking and re-clicking on “home.” Watch the “GOP faces” change. I clicked a number of times, and I got one white dude, one white dudette, and about a dozen [...]

We Poor, Oppressed White People

Because I’m a straight, white man, there are things I can say to my fellow straight, white men that, for example, a lesbian Latina can’t. From people outside my ethnic and sexual identity majority, it would be condescending and inappropriate. So please, allow me to speak frankly to the other straight, white men out there. [...]

Beating a Dead Bank

Last night, the Mets christened the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at their new ballpark. Jackie’s widow said a few words, and his daughter threw out the first pitch. The players all wore the number 42 (that’s Jackie’s league-retired number), and Jose Reyes scored from first base on a wild pitch just to show off his Jackie [...]