Welcome to Notes from a Far-Flung Correspondent, which features the weekly interests and musings of Bossy’s Son, who is currently enjoying the summer proceeding his junior year at Columbia University in the City of New York.
This week: Far-Flung 2.0.
So. It’s been a while.
I’d like to claim that I had a debilitating finals week; but no — the majority of my classes were writing and reading intensive, so I was finished earlier than most of my friends.
I’d like to claim that I’ve been traveling throughout rural Paraguay, sans phone or internet, quite far-flung but unable to correspond; but no, besides a post-finals trip to Montreal (beer, wings, Burger King, dancing, sleep, repeat) and a weekend camping trip to the Catskills (beer, dutch oven donuts, beef stew, long hikes and short swims, repeat), I’ve been vacation-less.
I’d like to claim that I’ve been working 100-hour weeks, too exhausted to brush my teeth let alone type out a Far-Flung; but no, while it’s true I’ve been splitting my time between interning at Atlantic Records and a couple of other ca$h-money jobs to pay the bills, I haven’t been overwhelmingly busy.
So, asks the Bossy faithful, what is the deal?
And to this I offer the following detailed explanation:
Apologies, Bossy faithful. My Bad. Let’s move onwards and upwards. And there are a few things to report.
Beyond the banalities of finals and papers and move-out, oh my, there was Columbia’s Spring Concert, which shook up the drudgery of schoolwork and gave every student a weekend to look forward to.
The concert featured up-and-coming rap artist Wiz Khalifa, who recently signed with Atlantic Records. He dominated the stage and ramped up the late afternoon crowd:
Next, on loan from the Wu-Tang Clan, was a nice gentleman by the name of Ghostface Killah, who told the student body that Columbia was his people:
And finally to end the day’s events were glam-rockers Of Montreal, whose performance quickly turned from the standard:
To the downright psychotropic:
With school wrapped up, I made sure to make it home to see the people that matter:
And to get a taste of the hometown I love:
But mostly, I’m kickin’ it in New York for the summer, trying to combine cheap living with fun living. And this, most loyal Bossy readers, is where you come in.
I’ve picked out a few things in NYC I want to check out, but I’d like to hear your opinions. With the idea that I’ll report my experience back to you –- which one of the following should Bossy’s Son check out first?
- The Jamaican Dutchy, a famous Midtown street vendor close to where I work
- SummerStage, the crowded-but-popular free concert series in Central Park
- Zabar’s, where I would try to figure out The Best Sub-$20 Zabar’s Shopping List
- The Corner Bookstore, an Upper East Side independent bookstore on which Meg Ryan’s You’ve Got Mail store was based
- Museum of Sex, whose name is self-explanatory
- Strand Bookstore in Greenwhich Village, which claims to have 18 miles of books
- Artichoke Pizza, an East Village hole-in-the-wall classic, where slices are hand-crafted, non-greasy, and decadent
- Housing Works Bookstore Café and Thrift Shop, where they sell anything from books to blazers with profits going to charity
So -– which one would you like to hear about?