“Hello, sir! You look like you care about the environment!”
I am standing in front of Babies ’R Us in Union Square, making what could be mistaken for a single, spastic jazz hand at a man 15 feet away. He rolls his eyes, takes a drag on his cigarette and pointedly tosses it, still burning, Read More
In a conversation yesterday with Chuck Schumer, Jason Horowitz got a little more insight into the book the senator plans to publish this January about the failure of both political parties to speak to voter concerns in the wireless internet age.
Technology, Schumer told Horowitz, had “changed everything,” and had “created the war on Read More
I know that my recent near-arrest in front of C.I.A. headquarters will not go down as one of the landmark events in the history of espionage. Certainly it pales into insignificance next to recent developments: the warrantless N.S.A. surveillance, George Tenet’s W.M.D. “slam dunk.” But there may be a metaphorical connection, however remote.
True, it’s Read More
We stopped by Kenneth Clark‘s funeral at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Harlem this morning.
The funeral, which was packed with civil rights types, was clearly a Big Deal in New York, and in black New York particularly, if not in the overtly political world. Still, pols from David Dinkins to Al Vann were Read More
After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era, by Steven Brill. Simon & Schuster, 723 pages, $29.95.
“You lawyers are my angels,” proclaims one of the key figures midway through Steven Brill’s After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era . Sal Iacono, the man who makes the statement, is thanking his pro bono attorney Read More
The other day, I did something I hadn’t thought I’d do: I got on the Internet and sent my $35 membership fee to the ACLU. Years ago I’d been a member, but when the ACLU started getting goofy I decided I had something else to do with my non-tax-deductible dollars. I’m referring to the organization’s Read More
Faxed to me-perhaps by mistake-was a plan by the Bush administration to rebuild New York after the terrorist attacks. Why me? Probably because my fax number is only one digit away from that of the Ironworkers’ Union local, which is probably a cover for the Friends of Pat Robertson Social Group, which is actually a Read More
Separate the church from the state-of course. Don’t make religious belief a qualification for public office. That is the simple part, the one that most of us here in this non-fundamentalist city can agree on without being card-carrying members of the ACLU. But the matter grows more complicated in the high-foaming wake of the Clinton Read More
Hustling to sign up for the latest gimmick, the Board of Education has voted to require grammar school children to wear uniforms. It is said that putting children in the same clothes is conducive to good order and successful learning. By the same reasoning we might suppose that, had we taken the boots and brown Read More