Monthly Archives: November 2001

New York parks

Written on November 29, 2001 at 2:30 pm, by

Having to share the Central Park Drive with motor vehicles has led me to think about New Yorkers’ love-hate relationship with cars in Manhattan. On the one hand, we hate them. On the other hand, we’d love to see them gone. Some New York events involve street or highway closures. They are among our best […]  More

Marx territory

Written on November 27, 2001 at 2:29 pm, by

The Dow Jones Industrials Average is higher now than it was on September 10. Another sign of a return to the way things were is George W. Bush talking about human embryo research. On Saturday, I participated in an annual all-day test of the Metropolitan Opera radio network. Last week we finally got back the […]  More

The author, the reader, and the listener

Written on November 27, 2001 at 2:27 pm, by

“Once upon a time there was a person who ended wars forever by murdering 42 Santa Clauses.” That’s the opening line of one of my favorite short stories. It’s called “The Santa Claus Murderer.” It was written by Spencer Holst. It can be found in his books “The Language of Cats” and the later collection […]  More

After "them" comes us

Written on November 25, 2001 at 2:25 pm, by

I went to my brother’s house in Connecticut today. His 2-1/2-year-old granddaughter was running around minimally clothed. The temperature was in the upper 60s. One of his trees is starting to bud. So, I cannot blame the weather for the chill I felt watching the first story on “60 Minutes” tonight. It was about what […]  More

Amazing Aviation

Written on November 23, 2001 at 2:24 pm, by

How many Americans woke this morning in a food-, alcohol-, and triptophan-induced stupor, found their furniture abnormally arranged, saw strange substances in their kitchens, and thought there had been another attack? The morning after Thanksgiving is rarely as much fun as the day before, especially if one has to go to work. Yesterday was fun […]  More

Just reward

Written on November 21, 2001 at 2:23 pm, by

In Central Park on Monday, we watched a red-tail hawk eating a pigeon. A crowd gathered, but, knowing we had little interest in eating raw pigeon, the hawk ignored us. It’s a bird-eat-bird world out there. Even more surprising to us than the hawk (we had recently finished reading “Red-Tails in Love,” a book about […]  More


Written on November 19, 2001 at 2:22 pm, by

I accidentally stuck an extra “firmly” into the end of the last report. It was a mistake. It wasn’t my first, and it’s unlikely to have been my last. I’m not alone. To err is human. In a recent radio report on Vladimir Putin, the commentator compared him to “subsequent” Russian leaders. When American Airlines […]  More

Fortunately, humor is hard to translate

Written on November 18, 2001 at 2:18 pm, by

Responses to our Thanksgiving Dinner invitation are trickling in. So far, it’s just a large dinner. It’s not yet at the “Yikes!” level. The biggest one we did had 34 sitting down to eat at some point or another, not counting deliveries to those who didn’t want to (or couldn’t) leave their apartments. That was […]  More

The formerly hirsute

Written on November 17, 2001 at 2:15 pm, by

Sometimes a picture does seem worth a thousand words. When the Northern Alliance forces headed towards Kabul, the New York Times ran a photo sequence of someone being beaten, stripped, and shot by the advancing fighters. Then, when Kabul had been freed from Taliban rule, photos showed women revealing their faces, a VCR being purchased, […]  More

Not "until"

Written on November 16, 2001 at 2:14 pm, by

Taliban shmaliban. Many aspects of New York have been influenced by Jewish culture, including such speech patterns as the dismissive repetition of a word with the initial consonant (if any) removed and the repeated word begun with shm. Concert shmoncert. Taxi shmaxi. Latte shmatte. There are other interesting forms of New York speech repetition, including […]  More

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