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Connections: 2019 Is the New 1984

Thirty-seven emails arrived over­night on Monday, but I wasn’t able to access them because I had mislaid my computer. Left it at work, actually.

Aug 15, 2019
The Mast-Head: A Hurricane Survivor

The men would walk from the trains after getting to the end of the line, pay for their beer, and walk back to get ready for the ride back to New York.

Aug 15, 2019
Relay: The Dryer and the Stove

After 20 or more years of faithful service, our overstuffed dryer gave a sad little grunt and wheezed to a stop, leaving many too many wet beach towels behind.

Aug 15, 2019
Connections: Grammar as Respite

Like many of you, I have been glued to television-news debates about mass shootings and what can, or should be, done to stop them. Gun control is a frequent topic as the contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination face the cameras. But my attention is drawn to my desk, where the focus is narrow and a book called “Semicolon” by Cecelia Watson sits alongside one I have mentioned before, Mary Morris’s amusing and astute “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.”

Aug 8, 2019
The Mast-Head: Forget Shark Week

Over dinner on Sunday, the subject turned to sharks. Since it was the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week blitz, this was not surprising.

Aug 8, 2019
Relay: A Cautionary Tale

Over the years I had received those familiar email requests from people asking me to be the conduit for money to be deposited in my account and sent elsewhere, and those obvious scams were always deleted. Why not this one?

Aug 8, 2019
Point of View: Dad's Birthday

It’s my late stepfather’s birthday today, and while we were at the antipodes, I think, when it came to societal questions, we were on the same page when it came to sports, to baseball, squash, and tennis in particular.

Aug 8, 2019
Connections: Our Crown Jewel

Using the word “resource” to describe the East Hampton Library doesn’t do it justice.

Aug 1, 2019
The Mast-Head: Ring in the Sand

The woman’s wedding ring was out there, somewhere in the sand. Her husband thought he had a pretty good idea where, but it was not to be.

Aug 1, 2019
Relay: The Maelstrom of Samsara

Worn out, the worse for wear, working for The Star and longshoring on the side in the sweet summertime, it has really, finally become apparent: I’m not a young man.

Aug 1, 2019