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I was on the floor in ’74

It’s hard to believe, but New York was a competitive state then

By Bill Kauffman

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What’s in a name?

I pour myself a tumbler of rotgut and settle in with the names, these glorious names

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Rules for anarchists

American anarchism has always been a literary conceit more than a political (or anti-political) program

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Coffee with Coleen

Few if any breakfasts equal those I’ve consumed at Coleen’s Kitchen

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In the footsteps of Shoeless Joe

Greenville’s favorite son is the poetically tragic Shoeless Joe Jackson, the illiterate millhand whom Babe Ruth called ‘the greatest hitter I had ever seen’

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Thelonious Monk deserves the last note

The mural painted on my envisioned Thelonious Monk Alley would feature images of little Thelonious in his fireman’s cap, surrounded by firemen, and the adult Thelonious at the piano

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What is true in life is true in baseball is true in politics

A circuit that was born in Batavia in 1939 died in Manhattan’s oppressive Time-Life Building

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Books you shouldn’t read in public

To read is to invite derision, especially if you grew up in a working-class town

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Steve Hawley and the case for two New Yorks

Should the state of New York be divided into two states?

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My failed attempt to unite the Upstate New York literary scene

If the stars of the generation then passing burned less brightly in the firmament, well, then it was up to me to illuminate them

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Canada the beautiful

Batavia, New York A staticky nimbus surrounds Mexican radio and the legendary border stations that kinda came through on 1970s transistors across the American Southwest, but what about the experience of those of us in the frozen North, along the Canadian border, who grew up listening to Canuck pop-rock, to lugubrious Leonard Cohen or the icy new wave of Martha and […]

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The women who argued against their right to vote

The 19th Amendment is a matter of Upstate New York regional pride

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Education

Bring back small high schools

A school, whether consisting of one room or 20 rooms, ought to embody and reinforce a sense of place

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The next so-called civil war

‘To-day the doctor says I must die — all is over with me — ah, so young to die’

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Drink

Jason Peters writes to entertain his friends and exasperate his enemies

No one who eats food or laughs at jokes should be without his new book

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