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Thursday, October 29, 2021

yanked and filledBenjamin Franklin’s assessment of New Jersey as “a barrel tapped at both ends” was never more true than now, with the Yankees-Phillies World Series highlighting the State’s traditional caught-in-the-middle schism:

“New Jersey has a city like Newark (population 281,000), but it’s like these enormous cities are giant magnets with tremendous pull on the state,” says Richard Veit, who teaches the state’s history at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, on the Jersey Shore. “We tend to see ourselves in relation to either New York City or Philadelphia.”

“We are talking about the World Series in class, and students from the North and the South are about to come to blows. They love the debate. They love the argument.”

On the one hand, New Jerseyans can hang their hats on the nickname granted upon this year’s October Classic: The Turnpike Series. On the other hand, that descriptor only reinforces the concept of the Garden State as baseball’s equivalent of flyover country — something to get through, rather than identify with.

The irony: By trying to co-opt the identities of two neighboring metropolises, New Jersey ends up with no true identity of its own. In other words, no matter which baseball team wins the World Series, New Jersey is still full of losers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/29/2009 11:02 PM
Category: Baseball, New Yorkin'
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Ryan Star’s song “Breathe” may be as sappy and throw-away as any soft rock single, but at least it’s doing someone some good:.

What [Star's] done to help is feature real unemployed professionals in the music video for his new single “Breathe,” and in the process he’s blended music marketing with recruiting. The website, breathe4jobs.com, is clearly there to sell the single, but it also acts as a very public posting board for a dozen real job-seekers, from software consultant and restaurant manager to balloon artist and digital-marketing specialist. People viewing the video who are interested in hiring them can send an e-mail through the site, which has already drawn a nibble for at least one hopeful less than a week since its posting.

Nice feel-good story. I won’t even point out that Star and his recording company could’ve paid these job-seekers for time in front of the cameras, thus, y’know, directly employing them for a short spell.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/29/2009 10:23 PM
Category: Creative, Pop Culture, Society
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I’m sure it doesn’t really measure up with the Vietnam-era look of haunting trauma. But I swear, the one-on-one disinterested scrutiny that I was subjected to last night was bad enough. I hope she walked away satisfied, because I sure wasn’t.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/29/2009 08:08 AM
Category: Women, Wordsmithing
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