Month: June 2020

Notes from a Brooklyn Bunker #16: Against Conspiracy Theories

A conspiracy theorist by the name of Robert Jones, Jr. — going by the handle Son of Baldwin — put out an unfounded fireworks theory that people have accepted without question. Our Correspondent argues why conspiracy theories — which are the work of cranks, not intellectuals — are wrong and dangerous and should be denounced. Read More

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Notes from a Brooklyn Bunker #15: The Truth May Be Stretched Thin

Our Correspondent has found his line in the sand on the important question of whether statues should be removed. A statue of Miguel de Cervantes, himself a slave for five years, was defaced by lliterate and ignorant thugs in Golden Gate Park. Our Correspondent points to the necessary rectification of statues, why considering history isn’t Read More

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Notes from a Brooklyn Bunker #14: The Bouncers of Brooklyn

Our Correspondent, galvanized by the recent arrival of a pair of shorts with “extreme motion,” comments upon the terrible Abraham Knofler video, why the NYPD can’t be trusted, and the duty of all Brooklynites to serve as neighborhood bouncers. Read More

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Notes from a Brooklyn Bunker #13: The Paradox of Fame

“Fame puts you there where thing are hollow,” sang David Bowie. Well, the paradox of fame is even deadlier now than it was in 1975. In our latest episode, our correspondent discusses Flatbush fireworks, oppressive fans, and the need for distinct voices. Read More

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Notes from a Brooklyn Bunker #12: Unborn Children

Two incidents. One in my early thirties. The other, last week, at the age of 45. Pain. Guilt. Loss. The universe holding up a mirror to all the beauty you believe in and having a callous and merciless laugh. Read More

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Notes from a Brooklyn Bunker #11: New York City: Why Would You Leave?

People are fleeing New York City, afraid of the pandemic and the looting and the possibility of surviving. Our correspondent offers a passionate argument for why this city rewards loyalty. Read More

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Notes from a Brooklyn Bunker #10: On Blackface and Erasing the Past

Our correspondent discusses how he found out about Al Jolson in a book, the circumstances that caused him to forgive and befriend his childhood bully, the ugliness of the n-word, on what happens when you live a life without explicit cues, the erasure of racist culture, the Bon Appetit scandal, HBO Max scrubbing material from Read More

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