Uptown Saturday Night on my 12th birthday.


M.I.T.E. How to Relax With Atapraxia

Produced in Harlem by M.I.T.E.  Anteo Fabris-Cappio, film editing and guitar.  Adam Nakhla-Thometz, music production and keyboards.  A public service presentation by a relaxed organization. Useful Information: Praxis means planned movement. Apraxia starts with an intention to communicate.  Next, an idea forms, outlining what to say.  The words for the desired message are then put […]

M.I.T.E. Live

Books Are Weapons and Jumel Terrace Books Presents: M.I.T.E. In the Upper Room.  Anteo Fabris, guitar.  Adam Nakhla-Thometz, keyboards. 07.25.14.

Nina Mae, the Birthday Princess’s Uptown Saturday Night

Saturday evening, March 15th, a full winter moon over West 162nd Street & Jumel Terrace, and some enchanted one it was. It might have been the most Uptown New York cocktail party I’ve been to since the 1980s. There were black & white movie people, attractive people, very well dressed, the gentlemen in tailored vintage, […]

The Book Problem, Pt. 2

Washington Heights NYPL Branch

03.18.14 Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Hall, New York, NY 10007 To: Mayor Bill De Blasio.  cc:  Scott Stringer, Jimmy Van Bramer, Anthony Marx, Vianella Rivas. Dear Mayor De Blasio, As you’re undoubtedly aware, the first plaque bearing your name on the city’s landscape is on the Washington Heights branch of the New York Public […]

Ruben Blades on the Crisis in Venezuela

Ruben Blades

For several years at the turn of the millennium, working on the library of Gustavo and Patricia Cisneros, I had the opportunity to visit Venezuela and get close to some people who remain sufficiently dear to me that I’ve been much distressed by the news coming from there.  This fragile country, experiencing a faltering revolution […]

The Whole Gritty City

The CBS network premier of The Whole Gritty City by Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson tonight survived the remade-for -TV cuts to commercial-after-commercial to reach that audience beyond ‘people like us’ to people who really need to know; the politicians and parents who wistfully aver to arts education as useless in their technocratic promised land. […]

From a work-in-progress: A Libertine’s Library


In Memorium: Steven Grant Kramer, 1953-2013.


“How do you do, Missus Willlley?”  It is Ernest T. Bass’s doo-wop in Steven’s voice come from ethernity to wish me Happy New Year, and in my mind’s car I’m on my way to that mythical place, our Mayberry, a Coconino County outside Raleigh, just past Mt. Pilot, second star to the right, where everyone […]

Kurt Thometz’s Little Black Bookstore by Orestis Tsonopoulos

Kurt Thometz, a private librarian to the ultra-rich and a rare book collector with an affinity for African literature, surrounds himself with more than 15,000 obsessively organized books in an 1891 brownstone on West 160th Street in Upper Manhattan. Part-bookstore, part-bed and breakfast and private library, Thometz’s home is situated in a neighborhood steeped in African […]