the magic carpet

reflections. links. stories. music. the great unknown.

August 28, 2003

AmeriCorps, a.k.a. "the domestic Peace Corps" is in serious jeopardy due to funding cuts. Please click here and sign a petition to save Americorps. It's a truly wonderful program that has been instrumental in aiding disadvantaged communities in the United States, and it's defintiely worth a minute of your time.

August 21, 2003

My latest piece for Junkmedia on De La Guarda. Up next, a review of last night's mum show at the Bowery Ballroom--shimmery weirdo Icelandic musical chairs...
I had the pleasure of knowing Kathy Boudin through her extraordinary work at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Yesterday, she was finally granted parole.

August 18, 2003

The blackout. The t-shirt. Great. They should've made one that reads "new york city + blackout = no open container laws".

August 14, 2003

August 12, 2003

So, maybe it's a reflection of the economy, but I've been getting a lot of emails promising free money, airline tickets, etc. lately. These types of scams seem to function best in uncertain times, when people are desperately clutching to that kernel of hope that their luck may turn around (see Ma and Pa Joad, et. al.) Anyway, one of my friends was kind enough to show me the way of the Inboxer Rebellion. Now I may, clear of conscience and that nagging "what if" feeling, delete the "pleas for a mutually beneficial business proposal" that I keep getting in my inbox. Power to the people!

August 11, 2003

etc. etc.

today, officially an nyc blog

Regarding NPR...Sponsorship=Ads=Underwriting????
Look out Sesame Street, there's an investigation pending on who exactly is behind bringing you the letter Q....

snoop faces the slamizzle

um, hipster bingo??? this has clearly gone too far....

August 08, 2003

I think there was a Brady Bunch episode about this. Little Bobby has grown up.

August 07, 2003

Michael Musto is the funniest guy ever. Sample from Black Table's interview with Musto:

BT: Which celebrity has had the worst breath you've ever come across?

MM: Liza. If I'd have lit a match, I'd be Italian gay toast.

August 06, 2003

Currently in the midst of apartment searching hell, I've been thanking the big chief in the sky every single hour for craigslist. Now Craig and his list are gonna be famous...

August 05, 2003

Mob #6 is upon us... look out.

Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 22:07:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: "The Mob Project"
Subject: MOB #6

You are invited to take part in MOB, the project that
creates an inexplicable mob of people in New York City
for ten minutes or less. Please forward this to other
people you know who might like to join.


Q. Why would I want to join an inexplicable mob?

A. Tons of other people are doing it.

Q. Can I wear a costume to the mob?

A. Please don't.

Q. If I am a reporter, can I write about the mob? I
am aware that many articles have already been written
about the mob, and yet I feel that the world needs

A. Feel free to write about the mob. Press builds the
mob, and anything that builds the mob is pro-mob.

Q. Does the Mob Project take requests?

A. The Mob Project will take precisely one request.
Write an email describing your dream mob and send it,
under the subject heading "My Dream Mob," to Entries must be received by
August 15th. The winning entry will be used as the
basis for a future mob. (Note: New York City ideas

Q. The last mob didn't have enough spectators. I want
to be seen whilst I mob.

A. Alright, then.

Start time: Thursday, August 7th, 7:18 pm

(1) At some point during the day on August 7th,
synchronize your watch to
(If that site doesn’t work for you, try

(2) By 7 PM, based on the month of your birth, please
situate yourselves in the bars below. Buy a drink and
act casual. NOTE: if you are attending the MOB with
friends, you may all meet in the same bar, so long as
at least one of you has the correct birth month for
that bar.
January, February, March: Hamburger Harry's, 145
W. 45th St. (just east of Broadway). Meet by the bar.
April, May, June: Connolly's Pub, 121 W. 45th St.
(between 6th Ave. & Broadway). Meet in the back, by
the window to the kitchen.
July, August, September: Charley O's, 218 W. 45
St. (just west of Broadway). Meet by the bar.
October, November, December: Howard Johnson's,
1551 Broadway (at 46th St.). Meet in the back to the
left, by the bar.

(3) Then or soon thereafter, a MOB representative will
appear in the bar and will pass around further

(4) In particular, the instructions will specify when
to disperse. Make sure that two minutes after the
specified time, you are no longer at the mob site. The
instructions will also specify a short window of time
– two to three minutes – when we ask that you not take
photographs of the mob, or interview participants or

(5) After the mob, return to what you otherwise would
have been doing. Await instructions for MOB #7.

August 04, 2003

The New York International Fringe Festival, a full force off-Broadway hootenanny, is just around the corner. I get to judge in the festival this year, which basically means (a) free shows and (b) free hooch. The opening party last week at Plaid drew a fun crowd, with opportunities abound to mix with Fringe participants. The star of "Buddy" Cianci: The Musical was doing a great job of buzzing for the show, which seems par for the course with that production... illustrious blogger Jonathan Van Gieson wrote the script, and has decided to promote it using- what else- a blog. The publicity rash has worked out well--JVG reports that opening night of Buddy is already sold out.