Category Personal Diary

talkin’ ’bout my generation

One unforeseen consequence of Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court is that my generation – Brett Kavanaugh and I are exactly the same age – is in the media for the first time since the early 1990s, and not in a good way. I recognize everything about this hideous reactionary, this drunken, date rapist frat […]

Talking to the Homeless about White Privilege (A True Story)

It was just after sunrise when I got off the 2 train at 72nd Street and Broadway. Since I had not spent much time in the city for almost a decade, I bought a cup of coffee and sat down in the little park across the street from the old Central Savings Bank Building to […]

route 22 by Bruce Longstreet

route 22 1. through the two inch-speaker of a japanese radio stashed under the pillow you lulled me to sleep and babbled all night making me think it was always night time on Route 22, dark and cheap on Route 22, only after midnight did the commercials come on WABC.   WABC is omni- present. […]

The Death of a Mediocre White Man

Last Wednesday, as I was sitting in my house waiting for the great Spring blizzard that never came, I began to notice reports about a gunman who had barricaded himself inside the Panera Bread on Route 27, right across the street from Princeton University. Here it goes again, I thought to myself, dreading not only […]

Zell Miller (1932-2018): Rot in Hell Bitch

The closest thing I’ve ever seen to a fascist country was the United States of America  between 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. The classic Marxist dictum that everything happens twice, once as tragedy, once as farce, still holds. George W. Bush may have been a buffoon, just like Donald Trump, but the people around him, the […]

This Week’s Mass Murder

It’s that time of the week again. A nondescript white male loser has decided to take a military grade semi-automatic weapon out in public and use his fellow Americans for target practice. Yesterday, in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 of his former classmates, almost one for every […]

Harvey Weinstein’s Reign of Misogynistic Terror

That Harvey Weinstein is a sexual harasser as well as a fat, gross pig — think Chris Christie as the head of a Hollywood studio waiving his dick at any available young woman — has always been Hollywood’s worst kept secret. Until Ronan Farrow published a series of interviews with his victims, however, it was […]

The Best Years of Our Lives Punching Nazis

Whenever any debate on social media about the ethics of “punching Nazis” comes up, I often think of a scene from The Best Years of Our Lives, William Wyler’s classic film about three American veterans making a difficult transition to civilian life after the Second World War. Fred Derry, a working class man who received […]

Images of my suburban dreamworld: 11

Do I dare to eat a peach?

Looking for Black Civil War Veterans in Rahway New Jersey

Rahway is an ancient town in New Jersey with an ancient cemetery. According to the website of the “Merchants and Drovers Tavern” (an inn dating from the Revolutionary War that has been turned into a museum) there are almost three hundred Civil War Veterans buried in Rahway Cemetery, twenty nine of whom were black. Rahway […]