You may only read this site if you've purchased Our Kampf from Amazon or Powell's or me
• • •
"Mike and Jon, Jon and Mike—I've known them both for years, and, clearly, one of them is very funny. As for the other: truly one of the great hangers-on of our time."—Steve Bodow, head writer, The Daily Show

"Who can really judge what's funny? If humor is a subjective medium, then can there be something that is really and truly hilarious? Me. This book."—Daniel Handler, author, Adverbs, and personal representative of Lemony Snicket

"The good news: I thought Our Kampf was consistently hilarious. The bad news: I’m the guy who wrote Monkeybone."—Sam Hamm, screenwriter, Batman, Batman Returns, and Homecoming

July 21, 2008

Sign Of The Times

I came home late last night to my apartment in an upscale neighborhood, and stumbled on a young blond woman sleeping in the vestibule.

"And now we're passing over the Great Depression, which means everyone gets to live the way you've been living"—The Colored Museum

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at July 21, 2008 02:00 PM

After thew war I lived on the street for a number of years until I found the railroad tracks, which, beleive it or not, IS a step up. Even in the 90's I started seeing more women and some children on the street. I had MY reasons they just plain had NOTHING. In the richest country in the world, SHAMEFUL, to say the least.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at July 21, 2008 02:42 PM

Are you sure she wasn't just drunk?

On a similar note, however, I have noticed that suddenly there are many Americans driving cabs here in New York. For a long time--decades?--most cab drivers have been Africans or Pakistanis. Now I have encountered, just in the last month or so, a number of American-born cabbies, both white and black.

I guess when times are tough the prospect of driving around the city for twelve hours hustling fares for $8-12 an hour becomes relatively appealing.

Posted by: Seth at July 21, 2008 05:12 PM

Right to Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness sounds so empty without food, shelter and healthcare! Homelesness has been visible in my city for more than ten years and even individuals with jobs are homeless as they do not make living wages. Families living in cars with their possessions was not a rare sight. How many children are at risk of starvation? In winter, people wait outside the public library with their belongings to get inside for some warmth. A paper is published by the homeless community and individuals at risk for homelessness. One wonders what our country really stands for and believes in.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at July 21, 2008 07:10 PM