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I moved to the Northwest to go to college in 1989. I was a musical rando--I loved Go-Go and R&B, Bob Marley and REM. I had tapes with Rites of Spring and The Replacements. but I didn't really collect records yet other than The Cure and New Order. When I arrived in the dorms at the University of Oregon, I met the zeitgeist that would change my life: Allison Wolfe. https://open.spotify.com/track/4yzGjYzVh8jTuxewHaVRGv Allison was from Olympia, Washington...
Everything is relative. It’s just as hard to write a good short story as it is to write a good novel. It’s harder, also, to write a bad novel than it is to write a bad short story. (More pages, more time.) Hardest of all, though, is a good collection of short stories. On the phone with Rion Amilcar Scott, I compared it to hitting ten grand slams in a row. It’s hyperbolic, sure,...
Move over, Greenwich Village: Park Slope just became the city's largest historic district. The Landmarks Preservation Committee voted on Monday to expand the existing district, adding 580 new properties, roughly located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues from 7th Street to 15th Street, the Park Slope Patch reports. Now the neighborhood boasts 2,575 landmarked buildings—260 more than Greenwich Village, which previously had the most. "These are some of the most beautiful streets in New York,"...

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