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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 thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. 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 www.theroot.com. 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.

The Naked Women Chronicles 01: Grace

There are Naked Women on My Wall 01 They are there for inspiration rather than titillation. I first began seeing photographs of nude women before I was old enough to grasp the concept that sex sells, so instead of regarding … Continue reading

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Lust Is an Emotion, not an Entitlement

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Dan shared this article on Facebook, which is probably one of many pointing out that women’s clothing choices are not responsible for men’s boorish behavior. These articles proliferate during the summer when women … Continue reading

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My Dad Was a Stathead Before They Invented the Term

I don’t have any photos of my father, but I do have stories. Here’s One A lot of my fondest memories of my Dad are centered around sports and especially baseball. We went to lots of games together, not only … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II

    ‘Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds’ by Nicole Mitchell Review The flutist and composer explores Afrofuturist themes with her longstanding group, the Black Earth Ensemble. By Martin Johnson May 4, 2017 4:42 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS   Flutist and … Continue reading

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Somi’s Brilliant Petite Afrique

  I’ve known of Somi, the magnificent singer and songwriter for about ten years, and for much of that time I thought that her music was a great sound in search of a comparable style or at least repertoire. It’s … Continue reading

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Bullish: And in the End…

Bullish is an attempt to parse the narrative of the Chicago Bulls season.  In most seasons, it’s pretty obvious (recently the narrative centered on the health and ability of Derrick Rose), this season is much more complicated.  I used to … Continue reading

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Bullish 04.24.17: Adjustments Wanted

Bullish: Thoughts on Game 4 Bullish is an attempt to parse the narrative of the Chicago Bulls season.  In most seasons, it’s pretty obvious (recently the narrative centered on the health and ability of Derrick Rose), this season is much … Continue reading

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