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the city words

punk’s not dead

I first saw Pump Up the Volume in high school, around senior year. I watched it at the urgings of my best friend, who had seen it and loved it. I don’t remember if I watched it at his place, or if I borrowed his copy and watched it at home. What I do remember is walking away from the movie feeling inspired. There is nothing better for an angsty, angry anti-establishment teen than a movie that lionizes pirate radio and the message that the right person, with the right message, can change the world. That’s pretty heady stuff when you’re a teenager. Read more [...]
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places

up, up, and away

Setting foot in the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co–New York’s outpost for 826 National, a network of youth writing centers cleverly disguised as themed storefronts–was like stepping into one of the comic books of my youth. All the toys and gadgets and gizmos I had been denied were neatly stacked in boxes on shelves, from sonic blasters to grappling hooks (!) to x-ray specs. And if that weren’t enough, they had a wide assortment of proper superhero gear, handy for those looking to replace a cape or pair of hero boots. Read more [...]
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places the city

new york frame of mind

Like most people who grew up outside of the States, I grew up with a very specific view of the country that lead the world, which I developed through exposure to its greatest export, popular culture. The only difference was that my view was time-shifted by a few decades. And while I recognized that America was made up of fifty states that were home to millions of people living in thousands of cities, it only ever came down to one of them: New York. Read more [...]
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home again

My dad came into town for Thanksgiving weekend and we decided to take a drive out into Long Island to visit my childhood home. The cliché is that everything is so much smaller than we remember it as children. After all, we're remembering things from a vantage point much lower to the ground, when the whole world was huge and new. And it was no different in this case. Read more [...]