Month: May 2018


Ghostbusters and NYC

Back in the 1980s, New York City held a privileged place in the public imagination. It was the epitome of physical and moral decay. Crumbling buildings presided over garbage-strewn streets. Yes, the masters of the financial universe had it pretty sweet on Park Avenue, but if those respectable, be-suited titans […]


Cal Smith’s Barber Shop

When you lived in hunter-gatherer tribes, things were simple. In that era, we spoke only through shamans and dreams. When you settled into farms and villages, however, things became much more complicated. Every day, it seemed, you tried to open new doors to our side. Oracles, prophets, temples, and all […]


The Man from Mars

My entire career, in fiction or nonfiction, I have reported and written about people who are not like me. 1 One of the very best things about Tom Wolfe is that he did not write stories about Tom Wolfe. He could have. He  was certainly an interesting enough character and, […]