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U.F.O.s Over the Hamptons

“UFO Sightings Desk Reference,” a county-by-county compilation of saucer sightings in all 50 states, ranked Suffolk County as number one, with 554 U.F.O.s reported from 2001 to 2015. Here are some of the most notable sightings over East Hampton and Montauk.

Jul 3, 2019
House Guest Hall of Fame

There’s an old saying that comedy equals tragedy plus time. Which must be why bad house guests are much funnier (after the fact) than good guests. All I know is they’re much more fun to write about than actually live through.

Jun 27, 2019
Box Turtles Need Our Help

The humble, lovable box turtle, a methodical, omnivorous, unmistakable symbol of slow-and-steady, was once far more common on the East End, but this unique local animal is far from being a lost cause.

Jun 20, 2019
Hamptons North, You Say? No Way.

Make no mistake, the Hudson Valley is beautiful territory. I’ll match the sunsets we see from our deck with the best Santa Fe has to offer. But touting the region as “the Hamptons North,” as The New York Times did? That’s a covered bridge too far.

Jun 13, 2019
The Stonewall or Julius?

It’s coming up to 50 years, the start of gay liberation. The big celebration happens where it all started, the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York, where the gays finally fought back, but what if the late-June hoopla moved a block and a half away?

Jun 6, 2019
Science Before Justice

The heated debate about the social justice component of the Green New Deal will run up against the scientific arguments regarding climate change and raise serious questions about how and on what basis environmental policy is developed.

May 29, 2019
Change Comes to Cape Town

Twenty-nine years have passed since Nelson Mandela completed his “long walk to freedom.” So what’s new in the rainbow nation of South Africa? A lot. And a lot’s the same.

Mar 21, 2019
Displeasure at high-stakes Brexit as seen in a Theresa May caricature at a recent London protest. Learning From Complexity

Too many leaders, from Donald Trump to Theresa May to Vladimir Putin, see international relations as an adversarial zero-sum game, and yet the interdependent networks of globalization are not so easily undone.

Mar 28, 2019
Back to Jail

My fellow inmates knew I was a 75-year-old college professor who owned a farm sanctuary and was in jail to protest the New Jersey bear hunts. Several told me they didn’t necessarily agree with me, but they respected me for acting on my convictions.

Apr 4, 2019
Film in Translation

Reading the subtitles of a film or a television series sounds as if it betrays the essence of the medium itself, telling stories through dialogue rather than showing them through visuals. But there are benefits to your divided attention. Read on.

Apr 11, 2019