Nov

10

2010

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The corporation commands you to admit it’s 1:37 pm

Tweet Long before you lived here, America was a land of many towns. Our expansive “agrarian society” was barely a society at all, really, save for a loosely connected sense of similar place and purpose. And each place had its own time on the clock. When it was 9:00 am in your town, it could […]

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Nov

8

2010

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The Disney Store Times Square opens. I’m without words

Tweet On Tuesday, the Disney Store makes a triumphant official grand opening in Times Square, shutting down the so-called “Crossroads of the World” with an appearance by a rodent that’s huge even by Manhattan standards. The store has been open to customers for the past few days. I went, and although I’m pleased to see […]

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Nov

6

2010

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‘Scottsboro Boys’ protest: It Ain’t No Minstrel Show

Tweet Today was the only time I have ever had to cross a protest line to see a musical. As I approached the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street for today’s matinée of The Scottsboro Boys, I could see the shapes of banners, and I could hear a chant emerge from the noise around Times Square: […]

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Oct

10

2010

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Photos from Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

Tweet I was lucky enough to be one of 1,600 people invited to the naming ceremony of the QE3, which is just called the QE. The Queen herself will be here tomorrow. Some images from the ship, which takes its maiden voyage on Tuesday. <

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Sep

28

2010

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My in-depth Ken Burns interview

Tweet My interview with Ken Burns, published in time for the premiere of Baseball: The Tenth Inning on PBS, is here! I’ve chopped it into three bits for your digestion. Think of them as three more innings: You may remember I was all a-titter about meeting him on the day we shot this. I was […]

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Sep

18

2010

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Sep

10

2010

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Another reminder that Manhattan is generous

Tweet Here’s the view from Press, the rooftop on Kimpton’s Ink48 hotel. I haven’t touched my martini yet but I’m already intoxicated. I remember feeling this elated on another September 10th once before.

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Sep

9

2010

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Andrew Zimmern’s Favorite Things would make Oprah cry

Tweet I went to the TBEX travel writers’ cocktail soiree last night at the Hotel Giraffe in Manhattan. When we entered, we filled out our name tags (I led with “@bastable,” since there are lots of people who know me by my Twitter handle and not the name I was born with), and put our […]

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Sep

7

2010

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The good old days weren’t always good

Tweet My mother and I have an ongoing argument. “Life was simpler in the ’50s, Jay. It really was,” she says. I call baloney on that. Just think about what the ’50s offered Western culture: atomic bomb terrors, the HUAC, segregation, women who lived in fear of unwanted pregnancies and could only choose from a […]

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Sep

6

2010

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My Facebook “fan” page

Tweet In case you didn’t know, I also have a “fan” page on Facebook, where my videos, posts, and general blathering are published. If you’re looking for me by name there, you have to search in Pages (not People). I love Cristina Pellerano Jambon for many things, but one of the more recent ones is […]

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