Jeff Pearlman

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Bliss and Java in Inwood

Yesterday afternoon I worked in my home office. It’s small, and smells a bit funky, and there are papers everywhere.

Tomorrow, I’ll be flying to Chicago at 6:30 am, then returning at 8:20 pm.

Today, I am in bliss.

The name of the coffee shop is the Indian Road Cafe. It’s located in Inwood, a neighborhood toward the upper tip of Manhattan. Aaron Handelman, a friend of mine (aka DJ White Owl—his music can be heard here) has repeatedly urged me to come here for the vibe, the food, the feel. “It’s a place where writers go,” he said. “You’ll love it—guaranteed.”

He was right.

I was once asked by Chris Jones how I get any work done in coffee shops. The answer, simply, is the comfort and casualness of the scene. I like feeling like I’m in a community, even if it’s 98 percent figment. I like smells and sounds; background noises. I love big, unfamiliar windows and funky, overpriced coffee drinks and the egg of the day. This place is too far from my home to ever make me a regular, but it is—truly—fantastic. No pressure to leave a table after an hour, no overbearing Starbucks smell, no commercialization, no ripped couches and loud managers (a la my local Cosi). Just chill comfort.

I’m home.

  • Mike Engle

    That Joel Forrester is a really good jazz pianist. Never played with him, but I’ve used his drummer once or twice. Small world!

  • Ted

    I assume the restrooms meet with your approval.

  • Riley

    Jeff, will you be attending Obama’s $40,000/person dinner tonight at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house?

    Better use of $40,000…dinner with Carrie Bradshaw or textbooks for inner city schools? Curious what your take is.

    • Jeff Pearlman

      My take is you’re 100% right. It’s bullshit. The system … the players—they’re broken. Completely broken.


    Please check me here everyone:)

  • Dave

    Hey Jeff, not exactly thinking that one who raises tens of millions to give people hope fits the definition of “invisible.” Lance uses his platform to make the world a better place…how about you?

    • Jeff Pearlman

      means? ends?

  • BBbenBenBeBen Bolch

    TttttttrtTotally on board with this. Once you tune out the clatter of a coffeehouse in 15-20 minutes, it’s a great writing atmosphere. You can get in a zone. Plus there are not all the distractions of home.

  • Love the BAd Ronald sticker on The MAC laptop…….You are the man!

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

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