Category Archives: New York Life

Sugar Loaf

There’s a beautiful little artists’ community here in upstate New York called Sugar Loaf. For over fifty years, artisans and artists have colonized this tiny speck of a hamlet under Sugar Loaf Mountain in Orange County. Two of my favorite … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Talk

I’m participating in a weekend conference at Syracuse University at the end of March. I will be giving a paper on the life of Calvin Hampton. Here is a link to the event.  If you are interested, I hope you … Continue reading

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The Stalker Returns

I had trouble focusing last evening.  Work that I’d hoped to do before bed became impossible. What happened is that a stalker re-emerged from the swamp known as the internet. I was terrified, afraid for my career, afraid for my … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day

. So MMXIX begins. I’ve been disenchanted with this holiday for many years. A few years ago, I posted a New Year’s Day meditation that, oddly, I partly replicated and partly contradicted in the first version of the present post.  … Continue reading

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The Ice Storm of 1973

The calendar for 1973 was the same as for 2018, so exactly forty-five years ago this morning was Monday morning, December 17, 1973. One week previously, on Long Island, we awoke to the great ice storm of 1973. The weekend … Continue reading

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At Last, the Stars

It’s been so rainy and overcast! Early this morning, before 6, I stepped outside and saw the stars again.  I felt something akin to what Dante felt on emerging from Hell to behold the spangled heavens.  Well, that’s an exaggeration; … Continue reading

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Winter Storm Avery

In the words of the Rankin and Bass classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, “It hit!” We knew snow would come yesterday, but nobody predicted how much and nobody was ready. I was one of the very luckiest.  I held my … Continue reading

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The Villager

Live and learn, and learn and learn. I grew up less than a mile from the historic northern boundary of Greenwich Village.  In college I occasionally read bits of The Village Voice.  Till very recently, I’d never heard of The … Continue reading

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Upcoming Recital

I’m giving a recital at the Blooming Grove (NY) United Church of Christ on Sunday, November 18, at 4 PM.  Here is an article about the event. I’ll be joined by Bill Powers, saxophonist, for a few pieces. Works will … Continue reading

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The Taco Bowl

Or, Jonathan Goes to Trump Tower. Or, Facts Matter. * I read Vanity Fair‘s mean-spirited 2016 piece about the Trump Grill(e) and its (in)famous Taco Bowl.  To paraphase the author’s quote from Fran Lebowitz, it’s a dumb person’s idea of … Continue reading

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