Love and Hate in the Library

It’s 1975, I’m 16 years old, and one day I’m going to write a great book, “How to Understand Students.” It’ll help clueless adults in encouraging kids to read — the good stuff, exciting and cool books that relate to our lives.

Apr 25, 2019
Film in Translation

Reading the subtitles of a film or a television series sounds as if it betrays the essence of the medium itself, telling stories through dialogue rather than showing them through visuals. But there are benefits to your divided attention. Read on.

Apr 11, 2019
Back to Jail

My fellow inmates knew I was a 75-year-old college professor who owned a farm sanctuary and was in jail to protest the New Jersey bear hunts. Several told me they didn’t necessarily agree with me, but they respected me for acting on my convictions.

Apr 4, 2019
Displeasure at high-stakes Brexit as seen in a Theresa May caricature at a recent London protest. Learning From Complexity

Too many leaders, from Donald Trump to Theresa May to Vladimir Putin, see international relations as an adversarial zero-sum game, and yet the interdependent networks of globalization are not so easily undone.

Mar 28, 2019
Change Comes to Cape Town

Twenty-nine years have passed since Nelson Mandela completed his “long walk to freedom.” So what’s new in the rainbow nation of South Africa? A lot. And a lot’s the same.

Mar 21, 2019
The Toothless Gourmet

For the dentally challenged, a brotherhood and sisterhood long unrecognized, here are some creative cookery solutions, a roadmap of good eating and good nutrition.

Mar 14, 2019
Mother Repurposed

My child-rearing days long behind me, when my son asked me to watch my 16-month-old granddaughter for a few days I wondered if I still had it in me.

Mar 7, 2019
Fair Winds for All

Regarding the proposed South Fork Wind Farm off Montauk, I’d like to suggest a couple of basic principles that I think people of good will can accept.

Feb 28, 2019
Roxee Graziano Lore called her father, the hard-punching former middleweight champion Rocky Graziano, sweet, thoughtful, and old-fashioned. Daughter of a Champ

A look at life outside the ring with Rocky Graziano, the last of the greats of boxing’s golden age.

Feb 21, 2019
Going Emoji

Ah, the pleasure and utility of an impish digital doppelganger.

Feb 14, 2019
A Wind Farm U-Turn

A LIPA trustee puzzles over Assemblyman Fred Thiele’s withdrawal of his support for the South Fork Wind Farm project off Montauk.

Feb 7, 2019
Frank Vespe’s copy of Fantastic Four #43, from October 1965, rescued from a basement turned pond. My 12-Cent Memories

A flooded basement and an imperiled comic book collection transport our correspondent back to Rockaway Beach circa 1965.

Jan 31, 2019
The Wormhole Society

Parallel universes used to be the province of science fiction, but they, like time travel, may provide a mode of personality change for members of societies that crop up across time and space in the wake of discoveries in the Large Hadron Collider.

Jan 24, 2019
Wainscott Redux

The arduous grind to provide reasonable housing at reasonable rents for East Hampton’s labor-force families was thwarted three years ago by a complaint from the board of the Wainscott School. Now it’s on the front burner again. Let’s not blow it.

Jan 17, 2019
The oryx doesn't have much to fear in the way of predators in Namibia. In the Land of No Water

It’s easy to say that Namibia is “a land that time forgot,” or even “a people that time forgot.” But millenniums ago, the Khoisan learned and adopted a way of life that served them well.

Jan 11, 2019