Archive for the 'New York City'

Movable Type Authority

Two years ago I saw the only episode of HBO’s Bored to Death I have ever seen and this has bugged me since that day: If you’re from NYC and take the train even semi-regularly, that should stand out like a sore thumb. The typeface is completely wrong and the terminal station on the left is in Queens while the train is going, ostensibly, to Brooklyn (plus the train reflection is all weird and swoopy). This is how it is supposed to — and did — look earlier in the...
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Social Disease

I’ve never actually seen West Side Story, but I’ve loved this song ever since a sociology professor played it for a 101 class I was taking. Mainly, I’m fond of the genuinely ambiguous stance it takes on “social ills” ca. 1957 and the failure of institutions — legal, mental, social — to either diagnose the root of a problem or constructively deal with it. These kids live their lives as full as they can, having been repeatedly failed by the system and...
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All Those Moments

I have been absolutely obsessed with Law and Order: Criminal Intent. One night, a few weeks ago, my girlfriend suggested we watch some actual television — most of our viewing is via Hulu or Netflix — and we caught an episode of Criminal Intent. I was hooked immediately. While I’m fond of mysteries and crime fiction, I never got into the franchise before. What got me was that unlike vanilla Law and Order, CI doesn’t feature the courtroom scenes which, in my opinion ,...
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Hyperbrooklyn

This Friday, I was sitting at work listening to NPR when a short feature on hyperlocal blogging came up. Needless to say, anytime the phrase “future of journalism” comes up, as it did, I become somewhat skeptical. The end result of my skepticism was a tweet-off between my friend Sarah (with a few contributions from her husband RJ.) This is a bit inside-baseball for those of you not residing in the five boroughs, so feel free to ask me to further disparage my hometown in the...
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