Category Archives: The World

Brooklyn Nights

The night whispers in her ear as she turns the pages and the train clickety-clacks past the window. Her mind fills with dreams of distant destinations and Cleopatra.

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Home

We met two years ago today. We’d exchanged a few emails and a couple of phone calls. I’d stood her up twice, once to help out a friend on short notice and once because I (really) got sick. Our first … Continue reading

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Commuting Adventures, Chapter 663

In Manhattan, rich people ride buses and subways, right alongside you and me. In Bloomberg’s world, this means that mass transit has to work – because those are his people – so, in Manhattan, it does. The buses are sleek, … Continue reading

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City of Characters, Number 372

I’m on the ferry heading to work this morning. As the boat is nubbing into port, I go to pull open the glass sliding door so we can all get off. and the guy standing next to me smiles and … Continue reading

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Invisible Forces at Work, Part two

I’m still working on ‘Mindbenders 2: Under the Radar’ (excerpts here). I hope you’re as anxious for me to finish as I am. The problem – I’ll take this problem – is that the story keeps getting better. I keep … Continue reading

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On the Bus

I can’t help it – I just have one of those faces. I stop in a public place for a minute and someone has to tell me their life story. I was riding the bus home the other night. When I … Continue reading

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One Less Good Man in the World

There’s a copy store near Smitty’s place in Manhattan. Whenever we needed copies or faxes or good-quality color printouts, we’d go there. She introduced me to the place; she’d been going there for a while. The guy behind the counter … Continue reading

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‘The Cost of Doing Business’

(What follows is a heavily rewritten version of an old post, updated to today’s news) It’s been fascinating – regardless of your politics – to see the turnaround in economic propaganda in the weeks since the election. Suddenly, Bill Kristol … Continue reading

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A Photo Credit and the power of FEMA

First off – I used this photo the other day and several people remarked on it. It’s a remarkable image and definitely not my work. I managed to track down the credit: the photographer is Allison Joyce of Getty Images. … Continue reading

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More Notes from the Hurricane

I wandered uptown yesterday. At several locations along the way, businesses that weren’t really open but had power (or generators) had set up recharging stations – just a couple of power strips usually, where you could fill up your cell … Continue reading

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