Category Archive for 'The New York Times'

The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Nov. 4 The coffee is standard-issue Colombian. First music of the day: The elegant psychedelia of Shearwater. Today’s Times is the post-Sandy, pre-election issue. 1, “I’m going to take a pass on predicting who will win the presidential election on Tuesday, because I […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times so you don’t have to: Oct. 14 Today’s coffee is a beautiful Guatemalan. First music of the day: Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd. 1,While Mitt Romney received a boost from his debate performance against Barack Obama – you may read my use of the word “performance” as a […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 16 The coffee is Guatemalan. First music of the day: Danish jazz  trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, as close to a living Miles Davis as you’ll hear today. 1, In today’s top story, “After days of anti-American violence across the Muslim world, the White […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Aug. 19 Today’s coffee is Burundi. First music of the day: The Margaret Explosion. 1, “At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of  China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electronic shavers. That is the old way,” […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: July 15 A steamy, humid morning. The kitchen is overflowing with the detritus of last night’s dinner party. Ugh. The coffee? All I have is that generic stuff. First music of the day: A Donovan collection. Remember, you can follow me on Twitter […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: July 8 Today’s coffee is an unfortunate generic brand. I forgot to pick up something good at the market from Joe. First music of the day: Paco de Lucia En Vivo, a live set by by the renowned Spanish classical guitarist. And remember, […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times so you don’t have to: June 10 Today’s coffee is from the island of Java. The first music of the day: birds singing outside the open windows after the early morning rain. 1, In this poor economy, unemployed people in their 60s are being forced to turn to […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: June 3 Rain: It’s a deluge this morning. The dog refuses to go out. She’d better not crap by the door. The coffee is from the island of Java. First music of the day: Jimmy Smith’s jazz organ. 1, The National Rifle Association […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: May 13 At 4:33 a.m., I heard the familiar coat-hanger-suspended muffler of my delivery guy creeping down the street, then the satisfying, heavy slap on the front stoop: The New York Times had arrived. And following a few weeks of time-consuming chaos that […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: April 22 Today’s coffee, a simple Colombian. First music of the day: Townes Van Zandt’s At the Window, on vinyl acquired yesterday at National Record Store Day. 1, “Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle,” is the lead story […]

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