T.E. McMorrow began freelancing for The Star in 2009, before coming on staff, full time, at the end of 2011. He is a member of the Drama Desk in New York. His book, “Nutcracker in Harlem,” illustrated by James Ransome, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2016 by HarperCollins children’s division.
Can theater survive in a world of tweeting and Facebook, iPads and PlayStations, and films in 3D that cost more to make than some nations’ gross domestic product? If it is as simple, good, and devastatingly truthful as “What Rhymes with America,” the brilliant new play at Manhattan's Atlantic Theater Company by Melissa James Gibson, theater will not only survive, it will thrive.
Luis Leon of East Hampton parked his car on Collins Avenue last Thursday morning and went into the I.G.A., around the corner on North Main Street. He left the motor running with one window open to allow air to circulate for his pets, two fluffy white dogs.
When he came out of the store one of the dogs was missing. He called police, who canvassed the area, searching in vain for the animal. Mr. Leon went home and faxed a photo of the dog to police, who also sent it to the animal control department.
At about 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 29, an East Hampton Town police officer patrolling in Montauk came upon a 2012 Ford, which showed damage, sitting in a marshy area near where Old West Lake Drive splits off from West Lake Drive. The car, with damage to its front bumper and undercarriage, had apparently missed the turnoff.
The driver had left the scene, but the officer found his wallet lying by the car door and tracked down Craig Robertson, 50, of Farmingdale. He was issued three summonses, including one for leaving the scene of an accident.
I was more than confident, I was cocky.
It was the first week of October. I was sitting at the weekly East Hampton Star editorial meeting. I had already talked about what I anticipated the next few days would bring me on my beat, which is cops and robbers, plus the town’s zoning and planning boards. (Sometimes the last two are confused for the first two, but they are different, I swear.)
I was finishing up, and, almost as an aside, I said, “I have jury duty on Tuesday.”