New Writing

So far 2021 has been a very good year. Not just the new administration and new Georgia Senators, but my inbox has been overflowing with cool assignments. Here are a few of the ones that have run.

I spoke with George Wolfe about his film version of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

I did two Zagat Stories, one on brewer/chef Christopher Gandsy.

Another was on sommelier and entrepreneur Andre Mack.

And I reviewed the new Michael and Peter Formanek recording for Jazz Times.

And here’s a post from my blog about downward mobility in middle age.

I work in NYC retail specialty food. I guess this was inevitable.

This post needs an illustration so why not, Viola and Chadwick.

About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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