"Following the sugar disaster I redoubled my efforts to get out of the bagel factory."

“I had a very important appointment with Tina Brown that morning, and I was racing through the cream cheese inventory so as to be on time.”
— As the Upper West Side home of H&H; Bagels suddenly shuts (now one must go to 639 W. 46th St.!), it is not a terrible time to read Thomas Beller’s account of being the inventory man at H&H; in 1992.