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AKIE BERMISS: Just 99 days ago, I was regular person (like you, dear reader!). I laughed and cried and loved. I ate and slept and wondered. I listened to the radio, I paid my taxes, and I only drank cocktails after 5pm. Hell, I used to put my pants on one leg at a time. But just under 99 days ago, I joined foursquare — and things have never been the same since.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Here I was all prepared to bring some hateration down upon the pointy head of Foursquare. It IS stupid, and meaningless, and it encourages the culture of constant trivial oversharing and petty one-upmanship that I hate about social media sites these days. Continue reading

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Bored to Death: Season Premiere

HOWARD MEGDAL: There’s a marvelous shift between the pleasures of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bored to Death, though both owe a lot to Jewish angst and tremendous performances. This year’s season premiere leaves me optimistic that the second season will only build on last year’s noble effort.

AKIE BERMISS: I couldn’t agree more with Howard. Bored to Death is a real treat. As preparation for the season 2 premiere, I watched the last few episodes from season 1 and was reminded of why I liked the show. Its absurd, kind of heart-warming, and bite-sized. The second season returns with all the things that made the show great — and less of what gave he first few episodes a bad after taste. Continue reading

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Body Modification

NAVA BRAHE: Getting inked is something I’ve given a lot of thought to for a very long time.

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY:I got my first tattoo at age 19 from a man named Bear who worked at a shop on Venice Beach. Once I returned home to New Jersey, my mother cried for three days. That’s not an exaggeration. Three days.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Do I want to order burger for lunch, or a chicken sandwich? Or maybe the pulled pork, that looks good too! But I should just get a salad, they’re cheaper. No, I definitely want a burger. Or maybe soup?

Welcome to the mind of someone who should never get a tattoo.

SARA WELSH: Tattoos are an expensive and wonderful addiction.

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I have two tattoos. One has a story, the other doesn’t. It’s funny, really. Continue reading

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Mishaps with Fire: Try This At Home

DAVE TOMAR: I’m not sure what it is about boyhood and fire. Perhaps it’s the promethean impulse toward creation. Perhaps it’s the sentiment of occasion and celebration first inspired by a birthday candle, a fireworks display or a citronella torch on Labor Day. Perhaps it’s the joy of holding a force of such sheer, unimaginable destruction in the palm of one’s hands. For me, it was that very special episode of Webster when he burnt his parents’ house down while playing with safety matches.

AKIE BERMISS: My trouble with fire is that I am practically always playing with it. Cigars — I love ‘em. I smoke ‘em. And there is no better solace after a long night’s gigging that drinking some stale gas-station coffee and smoking my cigar on the drives back to Brooklyn. Some of the drives, you see, are pretty late and pretty long and its rare that there’s anyone to talk to. I used to hook up my blue-tooth and just call anyone I thought might be awake and get them talking, but these days its not as cute as it used to be. People hang up. So its just me. And the road and the darkness. Usually, I light up and I turn on NPR (if I can get it) and I hit the road. But see the thing about cigars is: they’re big. A cigarette is easy to light. You almost don’t need a flame as a really strong spark will probably do the trick. Cigars, on the other hand, they take some real fire to get started. Really its just a barely-controlled micro-blaze.

And its alarming close to one’s mouth. Continue reading

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HOWARD MEGDAL: I am here to propose a 20-year moratorium on the word literally, effective June 1, 2010.

AKIE BERMISS: I don’t want to come off as a jerk but sometimes, it can’t be helped. And, listen, if you ask me: language is language is language is language. If you say it and you are understood, it becomes convention. By and large, I subscribe to this as a rule and usually I am thrilled to find some new idiom, misspelling, or word misappropriation. And I haven’t yet met the linguist who was able to set me straight. But even a guy like me has his limits: its not ok to over-use (or simply misuse) the word “literally.” I know it seems like a nit-picky thing to write a whole discourse on but this is scourge threatening to blight the communication skills of a generation. When in doubt: just leave it out. Don’t say it. Just leave it alone. I don’t care what really awesome thing you were going to say — if its going to be peppered with meaningless literally’s, you can take it elsewhere. Continue reading

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Horndog High

AKIE BERMISS: My interest in the Horndog High scandals was short-lived, but it burned hot while it lasted. I didn’t got to James Madison High School, but I grew up in the neighborhood and, irrational though it is, the thought that these teachers were possibly getting physically amorous in a classroom where they could be surreptitiously observed by, say, a janitor or delinquent student cutting class is, well — its sensational to me. The high school boy in me loves a good scandal involving the teachers. It take the emphasis off classwork and homework for a while and it gives us something salacious to follow in the private conversation and reactions of our gossiping teachers trying to play it cool.

TED BERG: If Horndog High is every high-school boy’s fantasy land, a magical place where naked young female teachers frolic in classrooms after school and social-studies vixens carry on affairs with seniors, then the institution’s villain is the inarguably whistle-blowing janitor. Continue reading

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Flobots: Good/Not good

Flobots are good


As someone who enjoyed his formative years during the Clinton administration and now resides in Brooklyn, I’m contractually obligated to dislike anything that is at all earnest. That said, I think I kind of like…

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