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Yesterday, a man named Terrell Blake killed a family member before leading police on a high-speed chase and exchanging gunfire with officers, shooting two others, and then ultimately succumbing to gunfire himself. All told, the shootout and chase left two dead and two wounded. You’d be forgiven for missing the headlines about it. But yesterday in my hometown Rochester, NY, this was front page news. It also made it to the USA Today and US News & World Report. “Police kill […]

When it Almost Hits Home


By David Berry: If you felt that the title of the post was a bit click-baity, you’d be right. But that’s show biz, baby! But now that I have your attention for the next few minutes, I in fact am taking a hard right turn. Today’s post, is in fact, absent of punchlines. There’s no bluster. No self-aggrandizing attempts to put my viewpoints on a pedestal. Instead, a confession. I fucked up yesterday; I allowed […]

Brett Kavanaugh Made Me a Bad Friend


By David Berry: If you felt that the title of the post was a bit click-baity, you’d be right. But that’s show biz, baby! But now that I have your attention for the next few minutes, I in fact am taking a hard right turn. Today’s post, is in fact, absent of punchlines. There’s no bluster. No self-aggrandizing attempts to put my viewpoints on a pedestal. Instead, a confession. I fucked up yesterday; I allowed […]

Brett Kavanaugh Made Me a Bad Friend



Brett Kavanaugh is the United States Circuit Judge of the Court of Appeals for Washington D.C. He is the current nominee for the United States Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Christine Blasey Ford is a psychologist and professor of statistics at Palo Alto University. These are some basic facts about two people who were otherwise anonymous to the public at large until the last few weeks or so. Which is why the […]

The Kavanaugh Hypocrisy


17 years ago today, the United States was attacked through the skies as several terrorist-highjacked airplanes struck buildings in New York City and Washington D.C. and attempted to do so in Pennsylvania. 2,977 victims in all perished in the day’s attacks. Those are the basics of a moment in our history that echoes more loudly than a tidy list of bullet points, and resonates with still-vivid and visceral force. Everyone has their 9/11 story. Some were near Ground […]

A Reflection on #NeverForget


I see you over there, and I can smell your mid-afternoon complacency from here. There you are, seated idly behind your office’s standard-issue Lenovo ThinkPad thinking to yourself “I wish David Berry would write a blog about what he’s been up to/thinks about the Nike protests, and wouldn’t it be nice if he gave me a solid 5 minutes away from refreshing my Instagram feed.” Well, as a self-proclaimed man of the people, an influencer of culture and a […]

A Free, 5 Minute Vacation in My Brain



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It’s February 1991. Nana’s house isn’t on my list of favorite places to go, and nearly every justification I have for the sentiment is rooted in the pungency of cigarette smoke. It permeates every room here, like paint on the walls. Thankfully, we don’t go to Nana’s often, even though it’s just a mile away from our house, but we’re here today, on McCall Road. My dad knocks on the weary white door at the […]

The Stink of Smoke


  The hands of a clock indicate that my mornings tend toward the early side. But I’m not one of those cheery ambassadors who raves about it, like vegans, for instance. It’s either an early rise, or the forced obsolescence of my workout routine. And since I’m short and bald, I have long forbade myself from also being out of shape. So when 5:15 a.m. is introduced by the sounds of chirping birds from my […]

Expensive Nights in Cheap Heels


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It has been exactly 800 days since I started DB + Partners. I know this because I Googled ‘how long has it been calculators’ and punched in the appropriate numbers. April 18 to now. No, today isn’t some major milestone. It’s an unintended irony, manifesting itself in a round number. But I did reach a milestone last week with the start of my first full-time hire, which to me is a big effing deal. Horrifying too, because if […]

Oh Yeah, Success #Hustle #Grind



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Dear God – It’s me, David. I’ve been working on a new book lately and, well, a lot of it is about sex. Not like a smutty romance novel, but sex as a theme. I wanted to give you a heads up, but you’re God, so you probably knew that. I’m writing to you tonight because a lot of what I’m writing is putting me in a position to dust your book off my shelf […]

Dear God