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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 18 Today’s coffee, Sumatran. First music of the day, jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller. The dog woke me up at 2:30 in the morning to take a dump. It was an astonishingly clear night, the sky unusually crowded with stars. The moon wasn’t […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Aug. 14 First coffee of a damp, very coffee-friendly day: Kenyan. First music of the day: Saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. 1, Your lead story, perhaps one year too late: “President Obama and his senior aides are considering whether the White House should adopt a  […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Aug. 7 I’ve been out of town the past two weekends. I suppose I could have read The Sunday Boston Globe for you, or The Medina County Pennysaver. Instead,  thought I’d take a break from all the news. But now, here we go […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: June 26. Today’s coffee is Kenyan. First music of the day, the atmospheric Norwegian jazz band In the Country. 1, Today’s lead in the Times is the amazing story behind New York state’s legalization of gay marriage. Governor Andrew Cuomo secretly met with […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: May 15 First music of the day, Devotchka’s 100 Lovers, a grand meeting of Eastern European gypsies and Pink Floyd. Today’s coffee is Sulawesi, from one of the four large Sundra Islands of Indonesia. My coffee pot is increasing becoming a geography lesson. […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: May 8 Mesquite is wafting across the deck. The spoils of Rick and Fred’s Saturday afternoon Lake Ontario fishing expedition are in the smoker: Two huge fillets of what the piscadors believe is an Atlantic salmon, and two smaller coho salmon. First music […]

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The Flat Earth Society demands its 15 minutes The 20-minute bus ride downtown this morning was quiet, as usual. No one was talking about Osama bin Laden. He’s dead. The rest of us had business to tend to. Jobs, classes, appointments to keep. It’s not that the news about bin Laden isn’t important. It’s serious business. He’s the […]

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Stories that smell as bad as Charlie Sheen Did you hear? The president released his birth certificate this morning. He was born in Hawaii! If you were going to rate this story on a scale defined by celebrity craziness, starting with Bill Cosby representing a high degree of civil believability, then the birther debate was Charlie Sheen. We […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: April 24 First music of the day: Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. The coffee is… Uh oh, Wegmans Columbian. Guess I gotta go see Java Joe. But first, a Royal Wedding-free reading of the Times. 1, While the stimulus spending may have averted a […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: April 17 First music of the day: Astor Piazzolla and the New Tango Quartet, Tango: Zero Hour, one of my National Record Store Day purchases yesterday. It plays like the $1 vinyl album that it is, but what an incredibly romantic, cool sound […]

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