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Brooklyn No More

In the 1980s, when I was a kid, the section of Court Street where it meets Atlantic Avenue was broken-down and unhappy and full of crazy old men stumbling out of bars and nothing shined and you could get a plate of yellow rice with a half-chicken on the rotisserie for three dollars with a forty of St. Ides for a dollar more. I have a real nostalgie de la boue for it, which is unhealthy and self-deluding and I admit this freely.

The “Greening” of New York City

Much of official New York’s present-day confidence rests on a tidy but triumphant narrative of its recent political past. It goes like this:

Inside Kashmir

The first time I celebrated Eid was in a house beside one of Srinagar’s lakes, in the summer capital of The Kashmir Valley, up in the Himalayas of North India.

Coca Adds Life to the Bolivian Economy

In September 2006, Bolivian President Evo Morales went before the United Nations, asking the General Assembly to reverse the UN ban on international trade of coca-products, which has been in place for nearly half a century.

Bringing the War Home

Jeff Mullins walked quickly along 44th Street towards Times Square, just a few yards in front of the combat squad. A coordinator with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), he admitted never imagining that “it’d be this good.”

RANT RHAPSODY: Girl, Lightly Medicated

It’s 1998 and I’m sitting on the long front porch at Kate Simpson’s house on Cora Street in Portland, Oregon. Freshman year is over.

Docs in Sight: A Spring Festival Doc Roundup

Given the onslaught of new films in recent years, festivals have become more important as a siphoning tool for the public and the media.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUN 2007

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