Your first denim shirt is a lot like your first love. You never forget it, and later versions (even if they’re better) never live up to the memory of the first one in your mind. I got my first denim shirt years ago, from TJ Maxx for something like $35. After a few years, this […]

  Jimmy (a white dwarf): There’s gonna be a war, man. I can see it. There’s gonna be a war between the blacks and between the whites. You ain’t even gonna need a uniform no more. This ain’t gonna be a war where you pick your side. Your side’s already picked for you. Ray (a white hit […]

A few months ago, Luis Ramos made my day…my birthday to be exact. As a surprise, the Northern California mixologist was contacted by a mutual friend to help make my day one to remember. As former bar manager at Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco, and the casually inventive Oakland restaurant Duchess, Luis took us […]

    Each neighborhood of the city appeared to be made of a different substance, each seemed to have a different air pressure, a different psychic weight: the bright lights and shuttered shops, the housing projects and luxury hotels, the fire escapes and city parks. ― Teju Cole   We were lucky to have the […]

  One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. -Thomas Wolfe It was Thomas Wolfe, wearer of slightly rumpled, early twentieth century suiting, author of Of Time and the River, born of southern pedigree and DEAD BEFORE HIS TIME (an empathetic saying, but maybe just […]