Alphabetical New York IV

New York Transit Museum: For some reason, I love visiting transit museums, although I usually wind up feeling that I’m not nearly enough of a trainspotter to appreciate them. For instance, the NYTM in Brooklyn, housed in an decommissioned subway station, has an exhibit on fare collection that features every kind of turnstile used in … Read more

Alphabetical New York III

“God of Carnage”: French playwright Yasmina Reza’s “Art,” in which three friends sparred over the meaning of an all-white painting, was a thought-provoking Broadway hit a few years ago. “God of Carnage,” which won the Tony for Best Play last year, indicates that Reza continues to be fascinated by what happens when people drop their … Read more

Alphabetical New York II

“Fela!”: As a world music fan, I’d been eager to see this Broadway show, which features the music of the legendary Nigerian performer Fela Anikulapo Kuti (if you’ve never heard of him, don’t worry — I’m sure most Americans haven’t, which makes the success of the play a pleasant surprise). Unlike any other show I’ve … Read more

Dancing with the Spoon

I had to miss book club last night because I had bought tickets to see one of my favorite bands, Spoon, at the Fox Theater in Oakland. (Incidentally, Joe came with me to see Spoon and is going to see Pavement this June, and I’ll be accompanying him to the Rush concert at the Shoreline … Read more


In the movie “Greenberg,” the title character is shown using his sleeve to cover his hand before pushing the pedestrian walk signal at an intersection. I realize this is supposed to show how crazy-OCD he is, but the fact is that I do that all the time myself. I also use a paper towel to … Read more