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Not that I want to talk politics (we’ve all heard enough), but November’s election surprise did give me pause. Polls aside, why most of the national media missed the scale of Donald Trump’s strength among voters might be explained by the long and ongoing decline of regional and small-city newspapers, which in their heyday might have noticed.
I’ve been reading in comparative mythology recently, about ritual regicide, virgin births, thefts of fire, trees of life and of death, resurrections . . . that kind of thing, and apparently, at least according to Joseph Campbell, it’s all one — more or less the same stories and symbols from Day One aimed at reconciling earth with the heavens.
Does merely passing through someplace on a bus count as actually visiting that place?

Hate hurts most when you’re not ready for it, when your thoughts after a brutal political season are of the comfort of home. That’s how hate sliced through me recently on the Long Island Rail Road — suddenly.

Why and how does someone come to embrace a compulsive myth and commit totally to a humanitarian cause for achieving worldwide perpetual perfection?
“Oil Works” will open today at the Amagansett Library and remain on view through Dec. 31. A reception will be held tomorrow afternoon from 4 to 6. The Woodbine Collection in Montauk will open “Epic Presence,” an exhibition of mixed-media artworks by the Montauk artist Kelly B. Darr, with a reception tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m.
Our Fabulous Variety Show will present a double-barreled sendup of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” this weekend at Guild Hall, starting tomorrow evening at 7:30 with the first of three performances of “The New Christmas Carol.”
Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor will present a klezmer concert featuring the renowned composer, singer, and pianist Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd and Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics, on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“Chopin and 19th-Century Paris,” a free concert by Anna Karkowska, a violinist, and her sister, Katarzyna Karkowska, a pianist, will take place at the Montauk Library on Saturday evening at 7:30.