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The Mast-Head: An Appeal for Light

A volcanic eruption on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent highlights the difficulty of living without electricity.

Apr 29, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: Fences

The only good use for a fence, in my opinion, is for leaning on while watching your kid play team sports in the sunshine in a field behind a school.

Apr 29, 2021
Gristmill: Bring Back ‘Noyack’

History runs deep on the South Fork, and well recorded is the spelling Noyack, not Noyac. With the all-important K.

Apr 29, 2021
Point of View: Just Spell My Name Right

This may not be the best advertisement for the book of “Point of View” columns I intend to publish, a book to be known as “Essays From Eden,” but Mary nearly keeled over in proofreading them this past week.

Apr 29, 2021
The Mast-Head: Notes From the Ball Field

The Montauk Hammerhead Building team trounced the Amagansett Fire Department in Little League action on Monday. I should know; I was among the spectators at Lions Field trying to keep warm as a chilly westerly wind blew in off the ocean. In an email to parents earlier in the day, the Amagansett coaches had told us to dress warmly. No one dressed warmly enough, especially on the visitors’ side of the field.

Apr 21, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: War of Words

Linguists and writers of a certain pompousness (ahem, me) like to debate the relative euphoniousness of words at dinner parties. Have you heard this thing about the most beautiful phrase in the English language being “cellar door”? What about "defenestration" or "lollygag," "twilight" or "jubilee"?

Apr 21, 2021
Gristmill: Return of the Moviegoer

Once more unto the darkened theater — for escape or togetherness?

Apr 21, 2021
Point of View: Graveyard of Empires

And so, we too have acceded — inevitably, it would seem — to the fact that Afghanistan is “the graveyard of empires.”

Apr 21, 2021
The Mast-Head: ‘What Are You Doing Here?’

At the risk of offending my friends from Sag Harbor, what is up with those people? Most of the time that I run into someone I know in that village, the first thing they say is, “What are you doing over here?” with the emphasis on “you.”

“I wanted to go to Persan’s for a clam knife,” I protest. They tilt their head ever so slightly, suspicious

Apr 14, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: Out of Fashion

My rubber-band ball, made entirely from rubber bands, grew bigger every day. It was bigger than a softball, bigger than a  grapefruit. It was heavy and perfectly round. I liked to bounce it, like Steve McQueen in “The Great Escape,” off the wall of my first office at Vogue magazine, when I got my start in 1998. Everyone loved Steve McQueen, the 1970s tough guy with cruel lips, in the summer of 1998.

Bam. Pause. Bam.

People often ask me about what life was like at Vogue, back in the Gilded Age before the Millennium, before 9/11, before the collapse of print media.

Apr 14, 2021
Gristmill: Dirtbags ‘R’ Us

Some thoughts on the coming gentrification of Sag Harbor’s mini strip mall, the Water Street Shops.

Apr 14, 2021
Point of View: A Eureka Moment

Recently, I was asked to retrieve from The Star’s attic contacts and negatives of Troy Bowe, the former Killer Bees’ point guard, in action. The request set my head to spinning like a leptoquark, for, as I told Carl Johnson, who had made the request, “It’s a black hole up there, a bottomless pit from which it has been said nothing escapes.”

Apr 14, 2021