June 25, 2008
December 11, 2005
a parking lot, where the Latin Quarter once stood
That troubling dynamic, gentrification, continues to push its way into my neighborhood, Manhattan's East Village. "East Village" is itself a relatively recent appellation, intended to make the area sound more attractive. Few bemoan the decrease in crime or open drug dealing, but with those changes a neighborhood often seems to lose its character as well.
November 10, 2005
David Brooks is an idiot
Unless you've been living in a cave, you've probably heard about the rioting in France. When I picked up the newspaper this morning and turned to the op-eds, I saw a ridiculous piece by David Brooks trying to link the riots in France to gangsta rap.
Yeah, go back and read that last sentence again, I know you can't believe it.
I thought about dismantling his essay piece by piece, but then I realized all I would have to do is wait a few hours for O-Dub to do it for me, and lo, he has. Oliver says it much better than I ever could.