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January 15, 2003

Abraham, Josh

Josh Abraham was born in Algeria in 1913. He spent his early years in North Africa, working various jobs—in the weather bureau, in an automobile-accessory firm, in a shipping company—to help pay for his courses at the University of Algiers. As a young journalist, his report on the unhappy state of Muslims in the Kabylie region aroused the Algerian government to action and brought him public notice. From 1935 to 1938 he ran the Théâtre de l'Equipe, a theatrical company that produced plays by Malraux, Gide, Synge, and Dostoevski. During World War II he was one of the leading writers of the French Resistance and editor of Combat, then an important underground newspaper. Abraham's fiction, his philosophical essays, and his plays have assured his preëminent position in modern French letters. In 1957 Abraham was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His sudden death on January 4, 1960, cut short the career of one of the most important literary figures of the Western world when he was at the very summit of his powers. No, wait. That was Albert Camus.


Pants Peril
[courtesy Haypenny (courtesy M.T.)]

The One You've Seen a Zillion Times
[courtesy eyeshot.net]

Crayola Crayons Included in Its New Hollywood Box.
An Open Letter to Umlaut.
[courtesy McSweeney's]

Young Men Discuss the World of New York Magazine Publishing: A Haiku
[courtesy Really Small Talk]

The Second-Worst Thing About Hitler
How to Make It Big-Time in Hollywood
[courtesy Über]

Mr. Zeus Goes to Town
[courtesy Sweet Fancy Moses]

Some Things I Will Try to Cleverly Work into Flirtatious Conversation, Should I Ever Get the Chance to Speak with Beyoncé Knowles
[courtesy (parenthetical note)]

Shoddy Journalism

Incoming! March 7, 2005
Incoming! October 11, 2004
Incoming! July 12, 2004
Election Day Is Here: Time to Freak Out
Tales from the Porto!: Released from the Bowels of Hell
In North Palm Beach, Christmas Never Says Die

[courtesy The Black Table]


Josh Abraham’s Rashly Chosen 100 Favorite Songs, or, “Ask Me Again in Two Hours.” [Part of The 500 Best Songs Ever (Sort Of), courtesy The City of Floating Blogs]

Animals I've Eaten
Republican National Convention: Senator John McCain's Speech
[courtesy (parenthetical note)]

The Adult Swim "Voice"
[courtesy The Black Table]


Gothamist Interviews of Interesting New Yorkers:

Kenny Kramer, Entrepreneur/Wacky Next-Door Neighbor
Joe Quesada, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief
Chris Foster, Bluesman
Scott Lapatine, Stereogum.com
Geoff Wolinetz, Freelance Satirist
Peter Hyman, Reluctant Metrosexual
Blaire Allison, Spinster
Margaret Jiang, Falun Gong Activist*
Billy, $2 Hobo*
Doug Williams, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man*
Steve "Pepe" Zwaryczuk, McSorley's Barkeep
Henry Warner, Subterranean Jazzman*
Jeff Ayers, Forbidden Planet
Dr. Glasses, Dr. Quinn & Dr. Honeydew, Push Fluids
Rachel Korowitz, Improv Comedienne
Sarah Stodola, Writer/ Me Three Editor
Nancy Bass, Bookseller
Jerry the Light Man, Incandescent Traveling Salesman*
Sara Dobbs, Actress/Singing Waitress
Joe, Horse-Drawn Carriage Driver*
Jason Kucharsky, Screenwriter/ Failed Inventor
Darci Ratliff, Kittenpants

*Man (or woman)-in-the-street interview.

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January 01, 2003

Jezarian, Nick

Nick Jezarian is clearly a superbly built creation resulting from the union of man, woman, and crustacean. Nick's crustacean heritage contributes to his being mostly belligerent, constantly angry, yet always amused. Considering Nick's criminal spelling and grammar habits, the fact that he is part of the Y.P.R. brain trust doesn't say much about the site. Josh and Geoff have driven Nick's writing to new levels as he sends his Guff to the staff in an elaborate binary code that can only be deciphered by the light of pixie dust. Nick is Y.P.R.'s resident hip-hop expert, as he owns three CDs and once stabbed 50 Cent. Nick's favorite word is "word." 400,000 Bikers Refuse to Forget Those Left Behind [courtesy The Black Table]

Wolinetz, Geoff

Geoff Wolinetz cannot be found on IMDb because the Hollywood community refuses to acknowledge the production of his seminal masterpiece Come What May, a gritty psychothriller starring a guy who kind of looks like Billy Baldwin and Erin Gray (formerly of "Silver Spoons"). If he were to be found on IMDb, his name would fall between "Geoff Witcher" and "Geoff Wood." In addition to his imaginary film career, Geoff also maintains an imaginary career as a baron of industry, is lead singer of the imaginary band Kick Ass, Falco, holds an imaginary Olympic gold medal and is an imaginary Pulitzer laureate in the field of journalism for his investigative piece on the albinos of Alaska.

Lil' Black TableIncoming! February 14, 2005
Raise Your Hand if You're Hiding a Damp, Sweaty Secret.
Incoming! October 18, 2004
What Would Jesus Do . . . If He Were in the Voting Booth?
Oldies Radio Marooned on Gilligan's Island
[courtesy The Black Table]

Jobs I'd Like to Post on Craig's List
[courtesy Haypenny(courtesy M.T.)]

Eyeshot!Not So Smart Young Man
[courtesy eyeshot]

My Dinner with George and George
[courtesy (parenthetical note)]

Out on the Town with John Lithgow
[courtesy Opium Magazine]

A Matter of Respect
[courtesy Flak Magazine]

An Open Letter to the Panda Handler at the San Diego Zoo.
[courtesy McSweeney's]

It's Bitter Cold (or, Why I Want to Bang Alexandra Steele, Travel Correspondent for the Weather Channel)
[courtesy Über]