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Scooter, the Big Man, and Me: In Memory of Clarence Clemons

By June 20, 2011 2 comments Permalink

In the summer of 1975, I was seven years old, and I’d just saved up enough money to buy my first record. I had other albums already: the ones my musician-father gave me as gifts (Wings, Chicago, The Woodstock Soundtrack), and the ones my older brother kept in the room we shared (Zeppelin, The Who,…

Happy Thursday, Every Thursday

By May 17, 2011 no comments Permalink

My daughter was born on a Thursday. We’d gone to the hospital with still plenty of Wednesday left, but on that day, complications arrived instead of a child. As the sun sank into the distant horizon and night sifted down onto the city, my wife endured unimaginable things associated with a difficult childbirth. The pregnancy…

President Obama: Take a Lesson From ‘A Bronx Tale’

By May 6, 2011 no comments Permalink

A lot will be made, and rightfully so, of the recent death of Osama bin Laden. Plenty of credit will be spread around, from heroic operatives to intelligence agencies and mostly, perhaps too much, to President Obama. Surely a massive, nationalistic victory will provide the President with a much-needed bump in the polls. Good for…

Fish People With Heart. Noses Agree.

By March 3, 2011 21 comments Permalink

ONE of the first things you notice when walking into Fish Tales Gourmet Seafood Market is the smell. There is none. But the fish motif is definitely in the air, including walls strung with nets and traps and a whole fish mounted above the stained wainscot. The shotgun layout feels like the well-lighted hull of…

Complaint Box | Obscenities

By January 28, 2011 9 comments Permalink

P. C. Vey Complaint Box Got a Gripe? Get a grip. Send your rant — no more than 500 words, please — to: metropolitan@nytimes.com. As a student and a teacher of language, I appreciate curses and other vulgarities: they can add color and emphasis to our vernacular. But like all stylistic flourishes, the audience has…