What is your favorite gangster movie?
Jillian Stampher “Oliver and Company” follows a small orphan living on the street, who is tricked into rough-and-tumble gang life. Because the characters are cats and dogs, this classic gangster movie is often forgotten.
Ameila Dickson “West Side Story” — probably because it’s not really a gangster movie. I’m not really a fan of shooting, garroting, and sleeping with the fishes, but I’m a sucker for snapping, dancing, and singing.
Hayat Norimine “Pulp Fiction.” Especially Samuel L. Jackson’s character. “English, motherf-----. Do you speak it?”
Ian Cameron As a connoisseur of gangster films, I find it very difficult to pick just one. But if I must choose, it would have to be “My Little Pony: The Movie.”
What is your favorite one-hit wonder?
Jillian Stampher “Stop. Collaborate and listen.” That and the chorus are all I know from Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” but really, is any of the rest important?
Ameila Dickson “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum. Singing that song in my car is the closest I ever get to a religious experience. I want that song played at my funeral.
Hayat Norimine “American Pie.” Don McLean literally hit the billboards just once, never to return again. It was the day the music died.
Ian Cameron Len, with “Steal My Sunshine.” It makes the cut because the lyrics are genius, and it samples the Andrea True Connection song “More, More, More,” which you’ve probably heard in the background of a margarine commercial.
What is your weirdest experience on the Ave?
Jillian Stampher I’m going to say the multiple interactions with Gary Raub — the well-known homeless man recently arrested for a 1976 murder. That purple beard was always ominous.
Ameila Dickson One afternoon I walked past A Pizza Mart and a barefoot girl with a bloody nose accused me of “not taking her seriously.” She followed me screaming for about a block.
Hayat Norimine At Starbucks I was approached by a man who told me I looked like a nice person, sat down next to me, and began discussing all his medical problems. When he found out I was a journalist, he showed me all the photos he’s taken for the past few months. They weren’t bad.
Ian Cameron Running into a neighbor who was busking with a banjo and wearing a wig around 43rd.
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