Recent Stories: Lead C

Baylis Greene
April 21, 2016
“Every ‘failure’ is a piece of future luck. Because it brings you closer to being ready.” This bit of wisdom from Uncle Lester, an eccentric and flop-prone composer of musical theater, to his nephew, Jimmy, a budding cartoonist, in Jules Feiffer’s 1993 illustrated novel, “The Man in the Ceiling,” is the heart of the matter.

“Every ‘failure’ is a piece of future luck. Because it brings you closer to being ready.” This bit of wisdom from Uncle Lester, an eccentric and flop-prone composer of musical theater, to his nephew, Jimmy, a budding cartoonist, in Jules Feiffer’s 1993 illustrated novel, “The Man in the Ceiling,” is the heart of the matter.

Jennifer Landes
April 14, 2016
Museum permanent collection shows can be confusing. Some are installed, well, permanently, and others are of the more ephemeral variety. The Museum of Modern Art’s “Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954,” for example, has been up for a few months but will be a memory come May 1.

Museum permanent collection shows can be confusing. Some are installed, well, permanently, and others are of the more ephemeral variety.

Christopher Walsh
April 7, 2016
It has now been more than 20 years since Jerry Garcia, guitarist and cofounder of the Grateful Dead, died at age 53, effectively ending the band’s 30-year lifespan. In the ensuing years, however, the Dead’s influence has not only persisted, but directly inspired both countless other bands and an entire musical genre.

It has now been more than 20 years since Jerry Garcia, guitarist and cofounder of the Grateful Dead, died at age 53, effectively ending the band’s 30-year lifespan. In the ensuing years, however, the Dead’s influence has not only persisted, but directly inspired both countless other bands and an entire musical genre.

Mark Segal
March 31, 2016
Managing one career at a time is enough for most people, but not for Setha Low. After receiving her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976, she established herself as a leading scholar and researcher in the field of cultural anthropology, focusing on the politics of public spaces, their increasing privatization, and the need to preserve diversity in their use.

Managing one career at a time is enough for most people, but not for Setha Low. After receiving her Ph.D.

Mark Segal
March 24, 2016
During a recent conversation at his house and studio on seven wooded acres in Noyac, Dan Welden said, “ ‘Master printmaker’ is a touchy title for me,’ I know printmaking pretty well now, but every so often it will throw me for a bit of a loop. I like the idea that I don’t feel totally secure in any one thing. If somebody knows it all, then they might be considered a master. But that word ‘master’ prevents you from learning more, it puts a ceiling on things.” Little wonder, then, that the ceiling of his great room soars 30 feet.

During a recent conversation at his house and studio on seven wooded acres in Noyac, Dan Welden said, “ ‘Master printmaker’ is a touchy title for me,’ I know printmaking pretty well now, but every so often it will throw me for a bit of a loop. I like the idea that I don’t feel totally secure in any one thing.

Mark Segal
March 17, 2016
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” was one of the few grown-up films I saw as an 11-year-old. While I respect its place in the history of musical theater, I did not expect to be engaged almost 50 years later by a concert version at the Southampton Cultural Center.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” was one of the few grown-up films I saw as an 11-year-old. While I respect its place in the history of musical theater, I did not expect to be engaged almost 50 years later by a concert version at the Southampton Cultural Center.

Christine Sampson
March 10, 2016
There are tiny cabinets, hand-made with care. Bathtubs are repurposed soap dishes, and hand-cut curtains adorn the windows. Much of the furniture is fashioned by hand, with the exception of chairs — chairs are too time-consuming and tough for her hands to handle, seasoned as those hands may be.

There are tiny cabinets, hand-made with care. Bathtubs are repurposed soap dishes, and hand-cut curtains adorn the windows.

Baylis Greene
March 3, 2016
“The Safety of Objects,” A.M. Homes’s 1990 story collection, arrived like an open-handed smack to the bourgeois reader’s face.

“The Safety of Objects,” A.M. Homes’s 1990 story collection, arrived like an open-handed smack to the bourgeois reader’s face. 

Mark Segal
February 25, 2016
Lindsay Morris became obsessed with both photography and travel at the age of 10, when her grandfather gave her a subscription to National Geographic magazine. “My parents didn’t have the means to take us on any big trips, so that was how I found my adventure,” she said during a recent conversation in the Sag Harbor house she shares with her husband, Stephen Munshin, and their sons Milo, 15, and Cecil, 11.

Lindsay Morris became obsessed with both photography and travel at the age of 10, when her grandfather gave her a subscription to National Geographic magazine.

Christopher Walsh
February 18, 2016
Those of us on the South Fork who are decidedly not “morning” people can awaken to music and high spirits at 92.9 and 96.9 on the FM dial, where Anthony, host of “The Morning Show” on WEHM, reliably serves up an abundance of both.

Those of us on the South Fork who are decidedly not “morning” people can awaken to music and high spirits at 92.9 and 96.9 on the FM dial, where Anthony, host of “The Morning Show” on WEHM, reliably serves up an abundance of both. 

Mark Segal
February 11, 2016
Harris Yulin and Kristen Lowman’s house is an easy walk from Bridgehampton’s Main Street but worlds away. “We’re right in the Long Pond Greenbelt,” said Mr. Yulin, who, like his wife, is an actor with a long career in theater, film, and television.

Harris Yulin and Kristen Lowman’s house is an easy walk from Bridgehampton’s Main Street but worlds away. “We’re right in the Long Pond Greenbelt,” said Mr. Yulin, who, like his wife, is an actor with a long career in theater, film, and television.

Christine Sampson
photos by Durell Godfrey
January 21, 2016
The graceful, whitish curves of the small ceramic bowls and cups found a gentle illumination while sitting upon a sun-drenched shelf that ran across the windowpanes of the Clay Art Studios of the Hamptons on a recent Thursday afternoon.

The graceful, whitish curves of the small ceramic bowls and cups found a gentle illumination while sitting upon a sun-drenched shelf that ran across the windowpanes of the Clay Art Studios of the Hamptons on a recent Thursday afternoon.

Christopher Walsh
January 12, 2016
A political cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author known for his intensely critical view of the American government takes a positive turn to support an "outsider" candidate for President.

“In America today, what we are seeing is the disappearance of the great middle class,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. At the same time, Mr. Sanders continued, nearly all of the new wealth created is going to the top 1 percent.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
January 7, 2016
Once her house has been tidied and everything is back in its proper place, Lynn Stefanelli can finally sit down to work, dozens of fountain pens, nibs, and jars of ink at the ready. As her hand settles into its natural movement and rhythm, an aura of quiet calm quickly overtakes her.

Once her house has been tidied and everything is back in its proper place, Lynn Stefanelli can finally sit down to work, dozens of fountain pens, nibs, and jars of ink at the ready. As her hand settles into its natural movement and rhythm, an aura of quiet calm quickly overtakes her.

Mark Segal
December 31, 2015
For 30 years, Alexis Rockman has rendered the natural world, producing both detailed oil paintings depicting the dystopian consequences of climate change, genetic engineering, and industrial pollution, and more immediate field drawings of plants and animals encountered on his travels.

For 30 years, Alexis Rockman has rendered the natural world, producing both detailed oil paintings depicting the dystopian consequences of climate change, genetic engineering, and industrial pollution, and more immediate field drawings of plants and animals encountered on his travels.

Mark Segal
December 17, 2015
Gabriele Raacke, who grew up in a small village in the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany, wanted to be a bookseller. To that end she attended the booksellers school in Frankfurt, which offered a three-and-a-half-year program required for anybody who wanted to work in a bookstore or publishing house.

Gabriele Raacke, who grew up in a small village in the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany, wanted to be a bookseller. To that end she attended the booksellers school in Frankfurt, which offered a three-and-a-half-year program required for anybody who wanted to work in a bookstore or publishing house. 

Mark Segal
December 10, 2015
“I’m very uninterested in subject matter,” Eugene Brodsky told a recent visitor to his East Hampton studio, although he has also said that “the sources for my work start from images I come across.” In his artworks, things are what they seem, and yet there’s more than meets the eye.

“I’m very uninterested in subject matter,” Eugene Brodsky told a recent visitor to his East Hampton studio, although he has also said that “the sources for my work start from images I come across.” In his artworks, things are what they seem, and yet there’s more than meets the eye. 

Christopher Walsh
November 12, 2015
The 2015 release “RandyPOP!” is a live recording that is both a summation of a half-century-and-counting professional career and a birthday present to the artist who was an integral component to the selections within. Arrangements of songs by James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Todd Rundgren, and others, delivered by a first-rate ensemble, exemplify the jazz-rock fusion that developed in the fertile musical ground of the late 1960s and ’70s.

The 2015 release “RandyPOP!” is a live recording that is both a summation of a half-century-and-counting professional career and a birthday present to the artist who was an integral component to the selections within.

Mark Segal
October 29, 2015
An essayist for print and television, Roger Rosenblatt gave up the short form in 2006 to write books. His latest will be published in January.

Southampton College’s summer writing conference had been in play for several years when, in 2002, it vaulted into national prominence with a visiting faculty that included Frank McCourt, Billy Collins, Margaret Atwood, E.L. Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Nora Ephron, John Guare, and Roger Rosenblatt.

Mark Segal
October 8, 2015
The film director Sidney Lumet, who died in 2011 at the age of 86, directed 44 feature films, beginning in 1957 with “12 Angry Men” and concluding 50 years later with “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”

The film director Sidney Lumet, who died in 2011 at the age of 86, directed 44 feature films, beginning in 1957 with “12 Angry Men” and concluding 50 years later with “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.” While his films received 46 Academy Award nominations and 6 Academy Awards, including 4 for “Network,” he never received a Best Director Oscar.

Christopher Walsh
September 30, 2015
Arlene Reckson could not have known, when she accepted a position at Record Plant Studios in Manhattan’s Times Square, that John Lennon would soon invite her into the control room for the first-ever listen of his just-completed “Imagine” album.

Arlene Reckson could not have known, when she accepted a position at Record Plant Studios in Manhattan’s Times Square, that John Lennon would soon invite her into the control room for the first-ever listen of his just-completed “Imagine” album.

Jennifer Landes
September 17, 2015
This summer, Taylor Rose Berry finally finished “White Noise” by Don DeLillo. While not earth-shattering news to most, it will be of interest to her friends, patrons, and those who attended the PechaKucha night at the Parrish Art Museum in June. During her talk that evening, Ms. Berry detailed her struggles with that book and how it led to her first and only failing grade on a term paper.

This summer, Taylor Rose Berry finally finished “White Noise” by Don DeLillo. While not earth-shattering news to most, it will be of interest to her friends, patrons, and those who attended the PechaKucha night at the Parrish Art Museum in June. During her talk that evening, Ms.

Mark Segal
September 10, 2015
In the early 1990s, when she was in working toward her M.F.A. at Rutgers, Christina Schlesinger was feeling lost. “I asked myself, ‘When did I feel great?’ and I decided it was when I was a tomboy. I had all this energy and spunk.” She embarked on a series of works she calls “Tomboys.”

In the early 1990s, when she was in working toward her M.F.A. at Rutgers, Christina Schlesinger was feeling lost. “I asked myself, ‘When did I feel great?’ and I decided it was when I was a tomboy.

Mark Segal
September 3, 2015
Florence Fabricant, food writer for The New York Times and author of 11 (soon to be 12) cookbooks, remembers having lunch with her father when she was 8 years old at Le Cafe Chambord at La Cote Basque, one of the most elegant restaurants in Manhattan until it closed in 1964.

Florence Fabricant, food writer for The New York Times and author of 11 (soon to be 12) cookbooks, remembers having lunch with her father when she was 8 years old at Le Cafe Chambord at La Cote Basque, one of the most elegant restaurants in Manhattan until it closed in 1964.