The distance between my house and the Star office building is less than a hundred yards, and some of the nicest moments of otherwise ordinary days are spent walking between the two. It’s a quick moment of stolen solitude, to listen to the wind in the high trees and, quite often, the roar of the ocean, about a mile away. I am supposed to walk a lot...
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.
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.
“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.