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Despite the tragic violence during J’ouvert this year, the Labor Day West Indian Parade itself went off without a hitch. With nearly three million attendees, it is one of New York’s largest parades. When it first began in the 1920’s, it took place in Harlem and, subsequently, in the 1960s, moved to Crown Heights. I am always overwhelmed by the incredible positive energy, friendliness, creativity, and diversity found among its participants. Here is just...
  Like many of the best nights, Slingshot’s Roadshow of Horrors began with some amateur spell-casting. Bandleader Zachary Bishop announced that he had found a necronomicon and was going to use it summon the power of desire. His co-vocalist Jenelle Sosa protested strenuously, but to no avail. The audience was hastily given spell printouts to help with the incantation. Once the verse was finished, the necronomicon burst into flames. Thus began four hours of the brash,...
To rationalize is to be human, I think, because how else would we get through our lives if we weren't able to somehow come to terms with all the fucked up, tragic things that are constantly going on all around us every single minute of every single day? And sometimes, rationalizing means taking a look at the big picture, and forcing ourselves to admit that, in this crazy world, our little problems don't amount...

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