About Avi Kramer

Avi is a fiction writer living in Boston.

Book Roundup

By June 22, 2007

Stephanie Nolen's 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa affirms the prevalence and urgency of the virus in light of corrupt, AIDS-denying governments. The Guardian writes, "This is a call to arms, to a battle that we should all have been … Read More

YouTube of the Day: Bellyfish Crash Mermaid Parade

By June 22, 2007

The 25th Annual Mermaid Parade hits the Coney Island streets tomorrow. Watch the THE BITCHIN BELLYFISH OF BROOKLYN, six groovy bellydancers and their dashing men-of-war, take on the parade. Join these shimmying jelly heroines on their adventure of love, jelloshots, … Read More

Shvitz Spritz: Gay Pride Makes Jack a Dull Boy

By June 22, 2007

  U.S. airstrike kills 25 Afghan civilians. [Guardian Unlimited] Wealthy gays say queer pride is boring. [The New York Observer] War crimes verdict delivered in Sierra Leone. [The Economist] Crocs: suspect. Crocs and socks: forget it. (It's also W's new … Read More

Sammy Sosa Comeback Award

By June 21, 2007

Jose Canseco writes in his tell-all book that steroids in baseball were "as prevalent in the late 1980s and 1990s as a cup of coffee." Sammy, widely accused of juicing, issued the statement in 2005 that he had "never injected … Read More

Shvitz Spritz: La Sagrada Familia (and sharks) in Coney Island

By June 21, 2007

U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill first top official to visit Pyongyang in 5 years. [NY Times] Nantucket, Mass police say you ain't documented (and take that posing ACK sticker off your beat-up car). [The Inquirerer and Mirror] "There's talk of a … Read More

Mideast News Roundup

By June 20, 2007

The Washington Times writes that Israel is trapped between 3 pro-Iran entities, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas: "Now the chances for a Palestinian settlement remain stuck at minus zero. Extremists have displaced pragmatists. Moderation doesn't pay in today's Middle East; violence … Read More

Shvitz Spritz: Meditation Before Recess

By June 20, 2007

Classroom mindfulness Fatah coup? YouTube on your $500 phone Shimon Peres and a convicted spy Communist chic in Berlin hotel

Shvitz Spritz: Cuba Heals Them Better

By June 19, 2007

Michael Moore's team transported former Grand Zero workers to Cuba for free health care Trojan's condom-toting pigs An L.A. Times series on Jerusalem 40 years after the 1967 war China to show off Olympic torch at Everest via $20 million … Read More