Wes Phillips

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Wes Phillips  |  Nov 27, 2007  |  0 comments
A history of the Martini. A fine old drink—and I'll bet you didn't know how old—although I still prefer a rye Manhattan (with Orange bitters, of course).
Wes Phillips  |  May 26, 2006  |  0 comments
Regular readers will be aware that the semidetached brownstone next door caught fire this week and the Brooklyn FD battered down our door to make sure we were safe. One of the next door kitties is MIA, presumed dead.
Wes Phillips  |  May 26, 2006  |  0 comments
Pretending he wasn't affected by this week's events, Huckleberry curls up in the comfy chair with a few good books. As a rule, he prefers to stay on top of contemporary literature, but he doesn't mind lying next to it in a pinch.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 10, 2007  |  1 comments
New research seems to reveal that the loss of "white matter" because of aging is what causes us oldies to get all addle-pated. I'm not sure I buy the premise that young brains are automatically more "in sync."
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 19, 2005  |  1 comments
I've seen this attributed to the USAF, Quantas, and the Marine Air Corps. Personally, I think they're too perfect to be real, although my buddy Steve (who was a Marine pilot and AvTech) sez these are plausible.
Wes Phillips  |  Sep 13, 2006  |  0 comments
Here's a handy site for travelers: TravelPost.com has a chart listing all the US airports with WiFi, complete with their rates and terminal locations. (Some airports do it right and offer free access to their hostages, er, guests.)
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 02, 2007  |  1 comments
There's still hope for skies full of blimps.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 24, 2007  |  0 comments
The list of poetry editors with whom I am not familiar is not a short one, but until I read this appreciation of Al Alvarez in The Scotsman, I only knew his name from my tattered copy of The New Poetry—a book that lived on the transmission hump of my 'lime green 69 Plymouth Valiant and got quite a workout as I waited (endlessly) for my waitress girlfriend to get off shift at the IHOP.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 18, 2006  |  3 comments
Maybe so, says The Village Voice's Ben Zwickel. Perhaps a better theory is that he's "a canary in the coal mine of pop music, and when pop music's good—or interesting, at least—Yankovic has more to sing about."
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 15, 2007  |  0 comments
For Martin Luther King day, here's John Coltrane's haunting "Alabama," which, according to Sascha Feinstein and Craig Werner, was based on the rhythms of the eulogy Martin Luther King delivered at the funeral for the four girls slain when their church was dynamited in Birmingham.

Wes Phillips  |  Apr 03, 2007  |  0 comments
Speaking of having fun . . . .
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 03, 2006  |  5 comments
A good read from The New Yorker. I saw a special on the Enigma Project once and they interviewed a woman who had worked with Turing at Bletchley Park. She basically said that everybody at BP was phenomenally bright, but that Turing was a genius and that the difference between being intelligent and being a genius was the difference between going from A to G and from A to Zed. Genius didn't need the intermediate steps that even the very brightest of us require.
Wes Phillips  |  Sep 26, 2007  |  1 comments
Albert Fuller has died. I enjoyed his playing a lot and, the one time I met him—we shared the elevator to Weill Recital Hall—he was gracious enough to tell me about the night he met Igor Stravinsky.
Wes Phillips  |  May 14, 2007  |  1 comments
I'm just here for the beer.