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This Summer Fridays at Five Is on YouTube

The Hampton Library's Fridays at Five summertime series of author appearances returns, but it'll be online in these pandemic times.
 

Jul 23, 2020
Symbols and Secrets

The history of Freemasonry on Long Island runs deep, dating back to George Washington, and is remarkably fire-plagued, particularly in Sag Harbor.

Jul 16, 2020
Fashion’s Breath of Fresh Air

Betsey Johnson had a light touch as a designer. Traveling the world in search of ideas and fabrics, she brought a joy and silliness and youthfulness to fashion.

Jul 9, 2020
The Road to Rabat

An ambitious debut novel of cynical aid workers and expats follows a young Congolese on a Homeric journey north to Morocco and, he hopes, Europe.

Jul 2, 2020
The Great Compromise

To Ted Rall, America's toxic political system is exemplified by the Democratic National Committee's thwarting of Bernie Sanders's candidacy in 2016. "Donald Trump becomes president because the DNC has its thumb on the scale for Hillary," he writes in his new graphic journal, a plea for a progressive agenda.

Jun 25, 2020
Water, Water Everywhere

A richly illustrated, reference-quality survey that places our fish-shaped, almost 120-mile-long island squarely where it belongs in maritime history.

Jun 18, 2020
A Grand Tour of Americana

This seductive guidebook from the National Trust for Historic Preservation takes in 44 domiciles and workplaces of great American artists, from Thomas Moran and Jackson Pollock locally to Winslow Homer in Maine and Donald Judd in Texas.

Jun 11, 2020
King of the Film Geeks

Barry Sonnenfeld’s view of his own history is a mordant one: “Regret the past. Fear the present. Dread the future” are the words he says he lives by, despite having fashioned a very nice life and career out of the shambles of his youth.     

Jun 4, 2020
Manliness on Trial

Why was Maj. Benjamin M. Koehler, a distinguished veteran of the Spanish-American War and a West Point graduate, tried in a military tribunal for homoerotic acts?

May 28, 2020
The Guitarist as Force of Nature

“Texas Flood,” a colorful biography of the complicated and obsessed Stevie Ray Vaughan, brings together the recollections of friends, bandmates, managers, fellow guitar heroes, and relatives like his older brother, the guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.

May 21, 2020
A Good Life on Earth

Carl Safina is among those few standing in the way of the mass extinctions we’re causing. He beseeches us poetically and tirelessly to hear what nature is saying, and the way he shares his deep love of life on Earth can at times make reading his most recent book, “Becoming Wild,” rather difficult.

May 14, 2020
A Stroll Through Pleasures

There are precious few introductions to the subject of sculpture, so Eric Gibson of The Wall Street Journal addressed that void with this collection of 36 clear and learned essays.

May 7, 2020