Mac Baller Brims: Teaser from Forthcoming Book

By Christopher Zoukis The New York Post recently designated the Mac Baller Brims “New York City’s most dangerous gang.”  In one of its articles, the newspaper equated the Mac Baller Brims with the Mafia. Naturally, almost immediately a number of other journalists took exception to the Post’s depiction of the gang, calling the writers at the […]

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Origen

By Christopher Zoukis Tyre.  An ancient city, a major port long ago, along the Phoenician coast. Tyre was the birth-place of a rare purple dye used to color the garments of kings.  The secret ingredient to the purple dye was the blood of worms. That was then; now it is called Lebanon. Tyre had a church, […]

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The Genius of Saint Domingue

By Christopher Zoukis Fort de Joux. It’s also known as Chateau de Joux.  What it is – is a castle that was transfigured into a fort.  A kind of reinvention in today’s jargon, albeit a slow one. Its first incarnation was one of wood, in the 11th century.  It was a large building whose existence was […]

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Rumpelstiltskin

By Christopher Zoukis Buried in the St. Matthaus Kirchhof Cemetery in Schoneberg, Berlin, next to each other, beneath two plain granite pillars which stand approximately three and a half feet tall, bracketed by tall oak and pine trees, with shrubs like skirts in front, and a row of ostentatious markers behind, lay the Brothers Grimm:  […]

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Those Who Have To Be Carefully Kept

By Christopher Zoukis “Break easily, have sharp edges, and those who have to be carefully kept.”  These, according to the Skin Horse, are the kind of people who don’t ‘become.’ Marilyn Monroe, I decided, was probably one of those who didn’t ‘become.’  She broke easily, I think.  And she needed to be carefully kept, too.  […]

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Edie

By Christopher Zoukis Oak Hill Cemetery is in Ballard, California, which is near Santa Barbara, which boasts ‘perfect weather’ all year round.  With their addresses carved in granite, three thousand plus permanent residents abide in Oak Hill, surrounded by verdant greenery, cool ocean breezes skimming over cerulean blue water.  A permanent address should make one […]

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Michel Eyquen de Montaigne-Delecroix

By Christopher Zoukis He was buried in the family cemetery near his chateau, which is actually a castle in the center of an opulent park.  Construction of the castle began in 1477.  It is located on the borders of Perigord and Bordelais, in the Dordogne part of France.  A tall white floriated cross, or ‘cross […]

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