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Severed goat heads are haunting Brooklyn

posted by Susannah Breslin   Mar 16, 2015

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“Severed goat heads keep turning up in nearby Prospect Park,” reports Adrien Chen. Was it religious sacrifice? A prank? Something else?

A mysterious flood of goat heads is the only interesting thing that has happened in Park Slope since I moved to the neighborhood three years ago. Yes, the rush to blame a little-understood religion practiced largely by immigrants smacked a bit of lazy xenophobia, but the idea of Park Slope as a hotbed of animal sacrifice, in addition to child-friendly bars, was undeniably intriguing. In a city where everyday occurrences are casually weighed against the events of September 11, 2001, it was shocking to find that so many of my neighbors and I were actually shocked. The goat heads seemed to rear out of some shadow New York City that was even gnarlier than the pre-Guiliani version I’d seen in the movies, and at the edge of Brooklyn’s most thoroughly gentrified neighborhood, to boot. When New York asked me to investigate the goat heads, I leapt at the chance. I wanted to see if the world they hinted at lived up to the hype.”

His investigation includes a Freedom of Information Law request (“‘I’VE SEEN AS MUCH AS SEVEN SQUIRRELS DEAD IN THE PARK,’ went one report. ‘I’VE SEEN ONE THAT’S DECAPITATED’”), a Vodou priest, and multiple trips to the butcher.

We Work Remotely

Novelist (and former “Jeopardy” champion?) Arthur Phillips

posted by Choire Sicha   Jan 16, 2008

Novelist (and former “Jeopardy” champion?) Arthur Phillips talks to Robert Birnbaum:

RB: I haven’t managed to read writers who I now see as cultish-Proust and Wodehouse.

AP: I have enjoyed him enormously. I don’t know that I’d read all 95 or 150 or 300 books or whatever it is-

RB: There’s an example of productivity or hypergraphia.

AP: There is a famous story-I’m going to get the details wrong, but he was in New York for a while and someone asked if he was hanging out at the Algonquin and he said, “I don’t know how those guys get any work done.” That’s the problem with Brooklyn-you have to really try not to meet other writers.

Slideshow of the making of Barcade, the

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 10, 2005

Slideshow of the making of Barcade, the bar/arcade in Brooklyn.

A letter from Jane Jacobs to Mayor

posted by Jason Kottke   May 16, 2005

A letter from Jane Jacobs to Mayor Bloomberg concerning the rezoning of the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront.