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SN1:EP5 “There and Back Again”By WTA — 7 years agoOver a year in the making, this epic episode spans several conversations with NYC comedian Aalap Patel. From Alpha Donuts in Queens, along Avenue A in the village, 3 of Andy’s apartments, a rooftop in Brooklyn, and into the dark heart of one of New York’s most beloved funny men. [Correction: The poem that I read about 22 minutes in to this episode is by Greg Koehler and his name is actually pronounced “Keeler.” Originally published in Ninth Letter as “Heart River Dirge,” the poem is now titled “Mutual Testament” in the as of yet unpublished manuscript “Style, Elements.” For now it’s here. Check out Greg on Instagram. I’ve loved that poem for years and was finally able to track him down recently and get to know him a bit.]Post Views: 2,764
SN1:EP9 “The Barber of Sunset Park”By WTA — 7 years ago
This week I visit Eric Aleman, owner of the storied King of Kings Barber Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I’ve been going to him for a couple years and it’s always an odyssey which begins on my scalp and ends in my heart.
Eric, like a lot of good barbers, is able to step in and out of conversation. He’ll talk if you want to talk. Or he’ll just step back and keep working on your hair. That’s part of why I like him.
He’s not only a really solid barber, he’s also a talented lyricist, hip-hop artist/ whatever you want to call it. He’s a founding member of BLKLYST. Who you can check out playing at Littlefield’s or here on youtube.
If you listen real close here you can hear him shaving my neck at one point. It’s pretty hard to talk w a knife to your neck, but I did my best.Post Views: 2,742
SN3:EP1 “Famous Last Worlds”By WTA — 5 years agoAndy sets the stage for the first season of Wandering the Aisles. A trip to the Mormon Goodwill, known in Utah as “Deseret Industries,” with photographer Natalie Simpson. Their afternoon thrift store odyssey yields Andy an old lady chair and an emotional breakdown in what may or may not be the dead kid stuffed animal section. Become a Patron!Post Views: 3,474