Satori on Flatbush Avenue

Just when you think you’ve found a spot where you can pass for normal, along comes someone who reminds you that everything’s relative.

A daylight view looking up at two signs for “Mooney’s Pub,” green on white with stylized shamrock/crosses, hanging above the street.
The magical, vanished place where it all happened. (Mooney’s Pub at 353 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, in 2007.)

In June of 1998 I received a startling lesson in perspective. It happened during the NBA Finals, a hard-fought grudge match between the…

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William Shunn

William Shunn

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Writer, poet and puzzle maker. Hugo and Nebula Award finalist. Author of The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. He/him/Bill.