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The Philosophical Comedy

Margot Best-Chetwynd

Somehow I kept reading or hearing about Heidegger, and when I hear the name Heidegger I always think of Heisenberg. And that started the ball rolling: There is a high-school philosophy teacher who is given to cyclical mood swings. The condition is one of those affective disorders in the bipolar family. Except instead of having only…

How Many Chillun You Got?

(Cannibalized by Popular Request. This appears in one of my older blogs, and is dated April 22nd, 2007. Still makes me laugh. Oboy oboy!)   How many chillun you got? That’s the important thing. That’s what all primitive people really want to know about you. They get to the point where they’ve figured out that…

Why Sacre-Coeur Is So Ugly

Is Sacre-Coeur really ugly? I always used to think so, coming into town on the Roissy Bus from CDG. Then I found out this is a common reaction. Adolf Hitler thought it hideous, a “mosque.” (Der Führer was of course an architect manqué.) Google the question and complaints are all over. Go ahead. Here is…

Profound Musings About Chick-Fil-A

(Adapted from a Facebook comment. I have never eaten at one of these franchises, beyond testing out their minimal concession at the NYU snack shoppe.) Chick-Fil-A must be the worst fast-food franchise name choice since Mahalia Jackson’s Dirty Rice. Unattractive, unmemorable, and a puzzle to pronounce. (Is it CHIK filla? Chick File-Uh? Chick File-Ay?) But…

Tales of Old Wyoming

Here we have the Wyoming Apartments at 853 Seventh Avenue, on the southeast corner of West 55th Street. The Wyoming is a vast old complex, rich in history: the largest residential building in the neighborhood when it was built about 1906. Or rather re-built. It replaced a smaller Wyoming that had been designed a quarter-century…