Monthly Archives: June 2018

Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 9, The Modern Love Submission

Last year, I wrote a 15 part blog series on an infatuation I had with a bartender in the neighborhood.  I wrote a synopsis of it and submitted it to the NY Times Modern Love section.  They responded with a … Continue reading

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 8: The Narrative

Almost everyone who works in retail seeks some sort of validation (maybe everyone does but I only feel qualified to speak about journalism and retail professionals).  I have my strategies but sometimes they backfire. Here it is at Medium And … Continue reading

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On the new Kamasi Washington Recording, Heaven and Earth

My main outlet assigned me this review but due to a scheduling conflict, it didn’t run, thus here it is. Based on the first few years of his career as a leader, no one will ever accuse saxophonist and composer … Continue reading

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 7, Owning It

So yeah, why don’t I have a place of my own?  It’s complicated. Details at Medium. https://medium.com/@martinjohnson_76387/life-on-aisle-2-this-is-what-plan-c-looks-like-episode-7-owning-it-a33a658e9a6e

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At Medium on Lorraine Gordon (R.I.P.)

The Village Vanguard is one of a kind.  A trapezoidal basement with the best acoustics in jazz.  The club’s owner was one of a kind too.  She passed away on Saturday. This is my remembrance. View story at Medium.com

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 6, The Kids Are Alright

The store is literally surrounded by college dorms.  Some of our customers are the new generation of yuppies.  Some give me hope and remind me of my early culinary experiences.  Details at Medium. https://medium.com/@martinjohnson_76387/life-on-aisle-2-this-is-what-plan-c-looks-like-episode-6-the-kids-are-alright-e67de93df70c

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 5: Service Not Subservience

I think on the surface it looks like a job in the New York City retail specialty food business is about taking orders from over privileged clientele.  It can be that, or you can flip the relationship.  I learned to … Continue reading

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