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I have a confession to make. In the last.... I don't know, 24 hours or so, I've listened to a song approximately 100 times. This song is performed by a man who began his professional career as a football player, and then became a professional wrestler. This song was written by a man who dressed up in colonial garb every day for the better part of the last two years. And this song... is......
Jason Parham is the founder and editor-in-chief of Spook, a gorgeous literary magazine dedicated to furthering the cultural conversation by spotlighting alternative voices since 2012. He is also veteran writer and editor with experience at publications like Complex and Gawker, and is currently a senior editor at The Fader. What was your initial impetus for founding Spook? I felt there were voices that journals like Granta and The New Yorker ignored. I wanted to do...
Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, firefighters responded to a conflagration on Bedford Avenue, in Midwood. A two-story house was on fire, flames shooting as far as 15 feet from the windows; the occupants were an Orthodox Jewish family, including eight children aged 5 to 16. Seven of them would die in the fire, making it the city's deadliest since March 2007, when nine children and a woman died in a Bronx blaze. Authorities believe...
  A fire broke out early this morning at Flatbush Hardware on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and St. Mark's Avenue in Prospect Heights. The five-alarm fire was so intense that it awakened people who lived as far as ten blocks away. Tragically, the New York Daily News reports that Bassan Awad, "a local merchant, died... when flames blocked his only route of escape, forcing him to jump out a top-floor window." And, according to the FDNY,...

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