For 20 years, Don Brownstein taught philosophy at the University of Kansas. He specialized in metaphysics, which examines the character of reality itself. In a photo from his teaching days, he looks like a young Karl Marx , with a bushy black beard and unruly hair.
A rent-reduction request by Manhattan’s St. Mark’s Bookshop, a favorite of writers Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, was rejected by landlord Cooper Union, said Bob Contant, co-owner of the East Village store.
The fate of St. Mark’s Bookshop in Manhattan’s East Village, once a haunt of writers Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, will be in limbo until late next month, when the landlord plans to decide whether to reduce its rent.