Gordon Haber

Writer, editor, mediocre guitarist

Month: November, 2014

Cormac McCarthy’s Dance Party

The young people dancing half-naked their sweat illuminated by glo-sticks like some preterite atavistic ancient ritual. The host moved between them, some years older, face stretched by chemical injections and grinning with a crazed rictus. The microphone in his hand like a club. Then putting the microphone into some dazed white rasta kid’s face, the […]

On the Proclivities of Shelley Winters

  From Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him by David Henry, Joe Henry: During that same engagement at the Village Gate, Richard [Pryor] caught the eye, and the fancy, of Shelley Winters who came backstage afterward and offered him a part in her upcoming movie Wild in the Streets. Richard was […]

Great Moments in Paying Artists with “Exposure”: December, 1970

Mitzi Shore made [the Comedy Store] a place where comics could be seen, get exposure, commune and confer with their comic brethren, and workshop their material in front of an audience. She did it for all the comics. Which is why she thought she didn’t need to pay them. (from Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and […]

Oh Lord Here We Go Again

One of the truly horrible things about the Internet is how it has professionalized trolling. A day does not go by without click-baiting nonsense appearing in the guise of informed opinion. Last week The Chronicle of Higher Education published Confessions of a Young Prolific Academic, one more example of the growing genre of “tenuresplaining,” that […]

The Wisdom of Ulysses S. Grant

On cruelty: Boys enjoy the misery of their companions, at least village boys in that day did, and in later life I have found that all adults are not free from the peculiarity. On a military career after West Point: A military life had no charms for me, and I had not the faintest idea […]


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