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Last Wednesday, Opie & Anthony shock jock Anthony Cumia went on a violent, racist, expletive-filled rant against a black woman who he claims assaulted him as he was taking pictures in Times Square. “If I was an illegal savage I’d have shot her,” Cumia wrote. “I hope she gets killed.” Cumia deleted the posts, but not quickly enough to prevent various media outlets, including Gawker, from taking note and screengrabing them. On Thursday, SiriusXM fired...
Brazenhead Books, the tiny speakeasy bookshop located inside an Upper East Side apartment, may soon be forced to close its doors. Owner and veteran bookseller Michael Seidenberg posted the news that Brazenhead had lost its lease yesterday. “Brazenhead turns its last page on October 31,” the sad message read. The invitation-only bookshop is a fixture in the New York literary scene, less an actual retail store than a makeshift salon. Jonathan Lethem was once an employee...
Summer is book season, the time of year when there's finally an excuse to lie in the sun and get through that stack of stories you've had your eye on for months. Or just lie in the shade of some pages as you nap. Whatever. This year, there's a bumper crop of good ones to bring with you to the beach or the park or on the way to your grandparents' house. Pack one...
Independence Day in these fair states of ours, like all major holidays, has a hearty eating component. Most of use will enjoy some sort of grilled fare, perhaps a slice of watermelon or an ice cream cone, knock back some frosty brews and terrifyingly saccharine popsicles while we watch the fireworks. But a select few will gather at Coney Island to watch a pantheon of highly skilled, highly stomached competitors scarf down as many...