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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.

Men Explain This To Me

With a title that references the Rebecca Solnit classic, here’s a meditation on toxic masculinity. View story at Medium.com Advertisements

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 11

It’s back.  I’ve been busy finishing a book proposal.  It’s done, at least for now, so here we go again. Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 11. https://medium.com/@martinjohnson_76387/life-on-aisle-2-this-is-what-plan-c-looks-like-episode-11-the-boom-continues-711a0cc46be

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 10: Holidays in the Store

Yep, that subtitle references the Sex Pistols.  I’m old and I’m proud too.  Anyway, just in time for July 4th and just before I head off to retail, here’s another edition of the story.  This one is about how working … Continue reading

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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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