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Obama’s Speech Won’t Matter Because He’s ‘Black’

By September 7, 2011 3 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto argues that there are some people for whom it does not matter what the president does or does not say; they only care about the color of his skin.   President Obama will be addressing a joint session to both houses of Congress this week. The subject will be our nation’s deeply…

A Market for Meat and Melodies

By August 18, 2011 49 comments Permalink

Music is a regular feature at Conte’s Market, a butcher shop and grocery at 89th Street and York Avenue in Manhattan. MOST of the old Yorkville is long gone — the beer halls, sausage bars and other haunts that once distinguished this Upper East Side neighborhood as an outpost of old-world charm. But at Conte’s…

A Conversation With Dennis Lehane

By August 15, 2011 2 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto talks with the bestselling author about writing, books as movies, and the role of art in society.   Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels-including the New York Times bestsellers Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a…

Going Out to Eat Has Nothing to Do With the Food

By August 2, 2011 2 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto’s grand dreams of a fancy birthday dinner with his best friend, Mike, end in disappointment.   I grew up with great food and really got into what I considered to be “fine dining” in my mid-20s when I made good money and had an expense account. And since that time, I’d been…

My Friendly Neighborhood (Mega) Bookstore

As a city-dweller surrounded by progressives, I’m well aware of the need to “think globally and act locally” on a whole lot of matters. This seems especially true when it comes to commerce. “Shop local” is the mantra, prompting those of us who heed such calls to shop (and generally pay more) at farmer’s markets…