For the Annals of Free NYC Concerts In Weird Effing Places....

The newest addition to NYC's never-ending quest to eek out public space from the margins of society (or wealthy developers trying to slap a happy face on a significant loss of NYC affordable housing), StuyTown has introduced a new series of free shows called Concerts on the Oval, every Wednesday until August 8th at 6:30pm. To get to the oval, you walk into the housing project on the First Avenue Loop, off 1st Ave. and 17th/19th Street. I will see you at Escort on July 25.


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Arkansas Chutzpah

According to the White House's Ron Burgundy Tony Snow, former President Bill Clinton has a "case" of whatever is "Arkansan is for chutzpah."

Snow's comments came in an op-ed for USA Today that responded to comments by, among others, President Clinton, criticizing the Administration's decision to commute Scooter Libby's sentence. (Sidenote: Who knew USA Today had opinions?)

In their coverage of Snow's piece, provided readers with a definition of chutzpah: "shameless audacity; imprudence; brass." Another source, Merriam-Webster calls it "supreme self-confidence: nerve, gall".

I'm no English language expert, but I'm not sure you can have a "case" of this. Either you gots it or you don't. It ain't a disease. (Paging Bill Safire: I expect to read more on this on Sunday.)

And while I'm not going to chalk this up to nuanced anti-semitism (as one easily could), I will chalk it up to confusion on Snow's part. Newsmen have been confused about this word before. In 2005, a Canadian TV Anchor named Jim Walcott made a similar mistake:

Jim Walcott: As you know, I am converting to Judaism. Fascinating religion, with the prayer shawl and that little chutzpah you wear on the back of your head.
Jeremy: Yamulke... it's called a Yamulke.
Jim Walcott: Really? Then the shawl is a chutzpah.
Jeremy: Chutzpah is "gall," Jim. Example of chutzpah: A kid goes into his parents' bedroom, torches the place. The kid is tried for murder. He throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. That's "chutzpah."
Jim Walcott: Fascinating language.

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Winnie Cooper Wants to Teach You Math the Forgotten Way

Coming August 2007

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Fireworks Over Ratnerville

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Katz Is That's All

You just can't walk past Katz's Delicatessen today and not notice it being besieged by property development. Ladies and gentlemen, our lifeline to pastrami is in jeopardy.


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Sexytime / Next Year's Oscar Montage?

Here's one of four videos created by the European Commission in their push for greater synergies in the film industry. This one, which is entirely too racy for US audiences to swallow, is called "Let's Come Together."

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That's Balls People

When You Are a Pitbull

Serena Williams advances at Wimbledon [New York Times]

This is the second time we've used this headline; previously to quote Patrick Swayze re. Mel Gibson.

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"Thank you for coming. I'll see you in hell."

A Kwik-E-Mart established in Burbank, CA as a promotion for the Simpsons movie.

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"Follow Me! Follow Me to Freedom!"

Prison Break: Panda Edition

I'd like to imagine that once that Panda got out, he went on a crime spree, as depicted in my once-and-future tattoo.

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