Angels In My Corner

Until I was 10 we lived in a housing project in Queens. Filled with young families, Pomonok was often a way-station of a five to ten years before affording a home in the suburbs. It wasn't bad; in fact, I remember enjoying the ready availability of friends to play on the huge lawns we were not supposed to set foot on, and being able to walk to school.My elementary school, PS 201 ("what are the colors of 201? Red and yellow!" they'd have us sing in assembly), abutted a city... more

Sep 25

Mick Jagger’s Chinese Cookbooks

In 1976 I returned to New York from a university year in Japan, and got a job in one of Manhattan’s two Japanese bookstores at the time. The Zen Japanese Bookstore (which had nothing “zen” about it) sold books, magazines, and offered magazine subscriptions, as this was back in the days of pre-internet yore when people had no choice but to get specialty magazines by snail mail (which we called “mail” back then.)Upstairs was a tiny cafe that sold Japanese- style... more

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Borscht Trauma
We were visiting my aunt, uncle and cousins. It was a warm, summer day, as I remember it. I do remem

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Mick Jagger’s Chinese Cookbooks
Angels In My Corner