We’re nearing the end of those “lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer,” as Nat King Cole put it in his 1963 pop hit. The days have been especially lazy, crazy and hazy for those of us who just graduated college. Plenty of time for reading! No syllabus necessary. My picks have taken me to the …
My friend Tomas Cookman, the genio behind Nacional Records, recently told me he grew up in New York City’s Chinatown.
So of course, I had to ask: Did you know the chicken?
I didn’t mean mu shu chicken or chicken chow mein.
I meant the chicken of a Mott St. arcade, the chicken made semi-famous by journalist Calvin Trillin that would play tic-tac-toe against visitors for 50 cents – and win every match.