August 11th was a huge day in my life. I was at Think Coffee on Fourth Avenue. I had just finished, at age 27, my very first novel. I told the barista, who gave me a high five. This was nice of him, given that this probably happens at said coffee shop way more often than we'd like to think.
I had been working on it for two-and-a-half years, showing it to no one, periodically reading it aloud to only two people—my partner and my ex. The book was a story about the Baba Yaga, the witch from Ukrainian folklore. I first encountered her as a child in Neil [...]
This photograph was taken back in early June. DO YOU THINK THEY'RE STILL TOGETHER? Do you think she still smokes? Do you think he later took a Gotham Writers' Workshop class? Do you think they'll let me be their houseboy? WHERE ARE THEY RIGHT NOW? I'm guessing either at work or maybe just now leaving for the weekend with their respective spouses.
Photo by Kevin Dooley
"The greatest and richest nation the world has ever known," said Senator Harry Reid on the floor this morning, will now see an end of the dominance of the "greedy insurance companies."
"This is just the beginning," Reid said. "The opponents of this bill have used every trick in the book to delay this day." (It was, by then, 7:03 a.m., and the vote was already itself just a bit delayed.) "It is regrettable that they choose to view our citizen's healthcare through a political lens," he said.
Then at 7:05 the roll was called. Senator Byrd coughed up that his "aye" vote was for Teddy Kennedy. Also, one [...]