Solid as a warrior of the Caledonii tribe, the man’s hair is reddish brown flecked with grey, framing high cheekbones, a long nose, full lips and a ginger beard. When he lived three thousand years ago, he stood six feet tall, and was buried wearing a red twill tunic and tartan leggings. He looks like a Bronze Age European. In fact, he’s every inch a Celt. Even his DNA says so. He lies near three women and a baby, all of Celtic origins. So what were they doing in the Taklamakan deser,t in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang — thousands of miles east of the Celtic civilisation in Europe?
I’ve lived in New York City since the mid ‘70s.
I was, for all of that time, aware of the Bronx. It was up there—and over there— a vast, unexplored land you drove through to get to Yankee Stadium. I had been to Arthur Avenue. Visited friends from time to time. I’d driven the Cross Bronx…
Ozzie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Spike Lee read the script for Do the Right Thing.