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Hang the Parliament

or “I’ve never voted Conservative before…” and I’m not about to start now. In 1987 I made a conscious decision to leave Britain, in large part because Margaret Thatcher had...
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This one goes out to the one I love…

(I thought I had posted this on Sunday… looks like I only saved it as a draft. Hey, it’s never too late. Congrats to Crystal Palace for staying up. We...
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Trail Running in Toe-Gloves: It works

After successfully running the Boston Marathon in my Vibram Five Fingers KSOs – and what with switching to flat shoes (notably the wonderful MacBeths) for most of my walkabouts –...
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All Hopped Up on NPR

Many thanks to Ian Pickus from my local NPR station, WAMC, for hosting me on yesterday’s “The Roundtable.” The (pre-recorded) interview, about my recent book All Hopped Up and Ready...
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All Hopped Up Music and Maps: Chapter 8

This Mix accompanies Chapter 8 of All Hopped Up and Ready To Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77, “The Ballad of Washington Square Park.” It covers the...
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When I was 45…

…. It was a very good year, to paraphrase Frank Sinatra.* Perhaps it’s appropriate for someone who has spent a life largely immersed in pop music, someone who had the...
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Great British Memories (Notes from a Return Home) #5

YOU KNOW WHAT’S FUNNY? COMEDY On my last night in London this March, the only one of just six that hadn’t been planned way in advance, I wanted to do...
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What I Learned In Boston

In 2002, after completing my first Marathon, in New York, I penned a piece entitled “How Much Will It Hurt? Ten tips for the Marathon Virgin.” I then failed to...
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