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NIC PIZZOLATTO – GALVESTON. THE 2010 NOVEL BY THE TRUE DETECTIVE SHOWRUNNER

Fans of  True Detective should check out Nic Pizzolatto’s 2010 novel GALVESTON. Galveston tells the story of New Orleans enforcer Roy Cady as he flees from his former mob boss, but the story really shines in the relationships between Roy and the erstwhile nieces who accompany him on his escape.

After killing the men who were sent to kill … Continue reading »

HALLE BERRY MAY HAVE GOTTEN HER OSCAR BUT I’M STILL AFRAID OF TIDAL WAVES

 
I was reading an article recently in which Halle Berry talked about the risk she took doing that controversial sex scene with Billy Bob Thornton in “Monster’s Ball,” the gritty, graphic film for which she won the Academy Award.  The scene involved naked prison guard Billy Bob and Halle having sex following … Continue reading »

THE GATE AND THE SUFFERING OF CHILDREN

THE GATE

Simone Weil (1909-1943) was a French philosopher and social activist. In terms of her philosophy, “The Gate” is both a poem and a central metaphor. Her poem, “The Gate,” describes Man’s journey to God, which culminates in Man’s ultimate inability to pass into heaven. According to Weil, it is Man’s true purpose in life to stand before … Continue reading »

MAID CART THIEVERY

I once heard someone say it is conceited to hold yourself out as an expert in anything. Label me narcissistic, but I cannot restrain myself from proudly proclaiming that I am highly skilled in hotel maid cart thievery. Once you have declared yourself an expert, however, I believe you have a solemn obligation to share some of your knowledge with … Continue reading »

Searching for Bruce Springsteen

In the 1980’s New Jersey, the quest to be present when Bruce Springsteen magically appeared in some aging Jersey Shore bar was a crusade of mythic proportions. Continue reading »

THE BRIDGE AND TUNNEL CROWD

In the chic nightclub world of Manhattan, many people were ashamed to admit they were a card-carrying member of the so-called "Bridge and Tunnel Crowd" — the unfortunate orphans who lived in New Jersey, Staten Island and the outer boroughs, but who worked and played in Manhattan. During the 1980’s, I was proud to be included in that group, even … Continue reading »

OLD NEWARK BLUFF (ONB) TIPS

ONB Tip: Free Coffee
Find a full service gas station. On your way to the restroom, locate the Mr. Coffee machine used by the mechanics. Invariably, it will be located near the back office. On average, you can rely on the "Sorry, I thought it was free coffee" line 4-5 times before being asked to never show your face again…. Continue reading »

SOME GREAT PLACES TO ENJOY COFFEE

Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans
With the sun rising and the fog clearing over the banks of the Mississippi, not much beats a cafe au lait as the city starts to come alive. Catch a riverboat, mime, fortune teller and jogger all in one glance just before you take the first creamy sip. Continue reading »

THE TRUTH BEHIND FLUTIE’S HAIL MARY PASS

Some might think the key to Doug Flutie’s success on the football field was his superior vision, impeccable timing, or other well-honed skills. Only I know the truth: the source of his excellence is the lucky charm he took from me over twenty years ago. I don’t think the initial theft was premeditated, and once the power was unleashed, I … Continue reading »

A GUIDE TO PRE-1985 VENDING MACHINE COFFEE

Always wondered where to get day old coffee? Continue reading »