January Magazine January 26th 2014  Book Review "Rake" by Scott Phillips

January Magazine  December 27th 2013 Book Review  "Happy Mutant Baby Pills" by Jerry Stahl"

January Magazine December 3rd 2013 Book Review "'Death of the Black-Haired Girl"' by Robert Stone"

The Rap Sheet September 20th 2013 "The Book You Have to Read: 'They Don't Dance Much' by James Ross"

McKinney Magazine September 2013 "Sports Leagues for Adults"

The Rap Sheet June 21st  2013"The Book You Have to Read: 'In Deep' by Bernard Wolfe" 

The Rap Sheet March 15th 2013 "The Book You Have to Read: 'Tapping the Source' by Kem Nunn."

McKinney Magazine February 2013 "On the Square"

The Rap Sheet January 18th 2013 "The Book You Have to Read: 'Bimini Run' by E. Howard Hunt"

January Magazine December 17th 2012 Book Review "Me and the Devil" by Nick Tosches

The Rap Sheet October 19th 2012 "The Book You Have to Read: 'True' by John Gregory Dunne"

McKinney Magazine Oct./Nov. 2012 "All in the Family"

McKinney Magazine Oct.Nov. 2012 "Changing Lives Everyday"

McKinney Magazine September 2012 "Lacrosse Grows in Popularity"

McKinney Magazine September 2012 "Boxing: A Killer Calorie Burner"

McKinney Magazine August 2012 "East Side Revitalization"

The Rap Sheet July 13th 2012 "The Book You Have to Read: 'Billy Phelan's Greatest Game' by William Kennedy"

The Rap Sheet June 29th 2012 "The Book You Have to Read: 'Cut Numbers' by Nick Tosches"

McKinney Magazine July 2012 "Green Living and Eating Locally"

McKinney Magazine July 2012 "McKinney's Terrific Kids"

McKinney Magazine June 2012 "Please Pass Daddy the Controller"

McKinney Magazine June 2012 "Learning to Fly"

McKinney Magazine March 2012 "Sowing Seeds of Learning"

McKinney Magazine February 2012 "Kangaroo Care"

McKinney Magazine January 2012 "The Parker Firm" Advertisement

McKinney Magazine January 2012 "Dr. Sher" Advertisement

McKinney Magazine Holiday 2011 "Local Finds"

McKinney Magazine October 2011 "Blockbuster"

McKinney Magazine October 2011 "Dr. Gilliland" Advertisement

McKinney Magazine September 2011 "Driven"

Dallas Ft. Worth Tribune Jan. 19, 2011 "Re-Read any Good Books Lately?"

The Mystery Scene Summer 2010 "The Magnificent Brain of Alvin Fernald"

Firsts Magazine February  2010 "4 Lives: Contemporary Literary Memoirs"

Firsts Magazine October 2009 "Discovering New Journalism"

Firsts Magazine April 2008 "Nick Tosches: Measuring Fame"

Offshore Magazine November 2006 "Life Lessons"

Firsts Magazine October 2006 "Jazz Memoirs Part II"

Firsts Magazine February 2006 "Jazz Memoirs Part I"

Firsts Magazine December 2003 "Collecting Thomas McGuane"

The Mystery Scene Fall 2003 "Death by Hollywood"
Steven Nester, Freelance Writer
Specializing in jazz, literature, history, and popular culture.
About Me
        A 1980 graduate of Ithaca College with a BA in English Literature and a Minor in Applied Writing, I worked as a beat reporter on several New Jersey newspapers before turning to Wall Street in 1982, where I was employed as a clerk on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. 
        In 1994 I left New York to become 'Mr. Mom' in northern Connecticut for eight years. When the children entered school I taught high school English and began to freelance write. I then taught school in the Connecticut Department of Correction until relocating to Texas in 2006. In 2013, I relocated to Austerlitz, New York.

This blog is dedicated to New Jerseyites living out of state who need to locate or can recommend places that taste like home.

 Join Bud Tasty and friends as they lead a tour of the United States in search of Jersey Soul Food. JSL is what we like to call urban rustic. Simple and delicious it's food prepared and eaten in uncomplicated settings . At its best Jersey Soul Food should remind the diner of the splendors of Bayonne, the grandeur of Jersey City, or wherever their favorite spots in the Garden State happen to be. These joints are legion and the fare is varied. 

Jersey Soul Food is a submarine sandwich from Marzullo’s in Montclair or thin crust pizza from Star Tavern in Orange. It’s an Italian hotdog from Dicky Dee’s or Stretch’s Chicken from The Belmont Tavern, both in Newark. Though Jersey Soul Food leans towards Italian, it’s also charbroiled burgers at Michael’s Roscommon House in Bellville, Texas Weiners on Rte. 22 in Greenbrook, and a sloppy joe from Main Street Subs, in Madison. Breakfast in New Jersey wouldn’t be complete without Taylor Ham, a product of Trenton and the best kept secret in the country. 

For the curious who’ve never visited New Jersey, don’t be afraid--jump in, the cannoli’s fine. So write in and share with us what you’ve found around the country—somebody driving through Nebraska with a jones for calamari might need your help.  Happy hunting, my friends, and may your appetite rest in peace.


Poets of the Tabloid Murder

Poets of the Tabloid Murder is a mystery author interview show hosted by Steven Nester which aired on 91.7 WHUS in Storrs, CT  from 1998 to 2006. Guests ranging from George Pelecanos to Jenny Siler to Elmore Leonard have appeared on Poets of the Tabloid Murder, and archived shows can be heard by following the link above to the Public Radio Exchange. Production on new shows will begin in October and will be aired as fill-ins on 93.7 KRTS in Marfa, Texas.



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