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The First Client I’ve Wanted to Kiss

by 09/15/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

i’m getting fat. the thing is, i i’m a dominatrix. so i really can’t. it’s not that i’m in the habit of over indulging. my sister just got back from switzerland. so i’m eating her presents. that’s p-r-e-s-e-n-t-s, not presence. i know you’re going to think everything i say is about sex. that’s what happens […]

Double-Crostic

by 09/13/2005
Neighborhood: Queens

A curved Turkish saber? Yataghan. Faulkner’s fictional county? Yoknapatawpha. A musical by Irving Berlin, three words? Yip Yap Yaphank. You don’t hear these words every day. But Dad has explained their value. Lots of vowels, certain infrequently-found consonants. They make the puzzle come together. And I am likely to encounter them again, in future Double-Crostics. […]

Found: Tyrannosaurus Rex

by 09/10/2005
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights

Earlier that afternoon I had come back from a trip to visit my Dad in the Midwest. I braced myself for the crush of people as always, but as I left the gate at LaGuardia I immediately noticed that something felt different this time. First in the airport, then on the bus, and finally on […]

Introduction to Katrina: A Baton Rouge Diary

by The Editors 09/10/2005
Neighborhood: Letter From Abroad

Johnny Adriani lived in New Orleans. Then, shortly before the Hurricane Katrina disaster, he moved to Baton Rouge. Johnny is a former EMT, and he has tried to lend a hand to Baton Rouge residents and city officials faced with shortages, traffic, civil unrest, and more that have developed since tens of thousands of New […]

Katrina: A Baton Rouge Diary, Part 2

by 09/09/2005
Neighborhood: Uncategorized

September 2, 2005: Rumors From the local paper: “Rumors of evacuees rioting and looting at Wal-Mart are false,” it said. “Please do not assume that information heard is true unless it is from a law-enforcement officer or a release from the office of the Mayor-President.” This statement is not exactly fact — certainly the incident […]

Katrina: A Baton Rouge Diary, Part 1

by 09/09/2005
Neighborhood: Uncategorized

August 29, 2005: Update from BR — 03:30 Several people attempted to reach me during the afternoon — I apologise for being “in medias res” of the realm of chaos. I am unsure at this time what will be left of New Orleans when all is said and done, though, I do hold out some […]

Ex Post Facto Intro

by 09/02/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Hello. Thank you for tuning into “The 1st Anniversary of the 2004 Republican National Convention.” Happy Birthday, Mr. President, indeed. Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood is proud to present twelve stories recounting the way that the Republican National Convention reshaped New York City, articulated from a wide variety of perspectives and in a wide variety of voices. […]

Siddhartha of Central Booking

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Chelsea

On the far Northern side of a vast concrete enclosure, we had been divided up into two parallel rows at either side of a narrow barricaded space and Jason, our Arresting Officer, stood between the two rows talking about sports, TV, and how he was looking forward to his retirement. Jason was a 23 year […]

An Open Letter to Paul Wellstone

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Senator Wellstone: I will not go on about the curious timing of your death. People are very impatient with conspiracy theories these days, even when past theories have revealed conspiracies. Still, I read with weary cynicism that you spoke to a meeting of war veterans in Willmar, Minnesota in October 2002 and told them that […]

Convergence

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Chelsea

(Following is an excerpt from “Chapter 15: Prelude to Battle” of “Now is Not a Good Time,” a book-in-progress about (among other things) progressive patriotism, the antiwar movement during the first term of the Bush administration, and one woman’s attempt to learn to love her country and its people—if not its government—in complicated and troubling […]

A Cab Driver Prepares

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

One morning last August, a week before the Republican National Convention, I took a cab to my studio in the Film Center Building on 45th and 9th. My cabdriver was wearing a natty chauffeur’s uniform, cap and all. Once we got going, he smiled at me in the rearview mirror and said, “I guess you’re […]

At the Edge of the Frozen Zone

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Take one large city already threatened into a constant state of low-level nervous breakdown with terrorism jitters and a rockpile of an economy. Scare away a large percentage of the population by placing a Republican Convention in the city’s center. Pour in 5,000 delegates, half a million protesters, seven billion journalists and a concentration of […]