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Gristmill: Deep in Long Beach

Here in Noyac, for some reason I’ve been overlooking nearby Long Beach, and was surprised it took me till the second weekend in July to appreciate it in a way I haven’t since the days of the Oasis.

Jul 15, 2021
Point of View: Unuplifting Lifted Words

If I were sermonizing, I’d write one on the folly of self-abasement, self-doubt, self-mortification, self-flagellation, and self-loathing.

Jul 15, 2021
The Mast-Head: A New Trade Parade

Decades ago, a movement to build a bypass skirting the hamlets and villages on Montauk Highway was beaten back. I wonder what the naysayers would think if they could see 2021.

Jul 8, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: Loafers Unite

Did you see the New York Times piece this weekend about a pro-laziness movement led by a factory dropout from Zhejiang Province, China?

Jul 8, 2021
Gristmill: Traffiqistan

Never mind the backups, jam-ups, and clogged (traffic) arteries, the quality of driving itself has taken a nosedive.

Jul 8, 2021
Point of View: The Spirit Embodied

The goose that lays the golden egg is on life support.

Jul 8, 2021
The Mast-Head: Saturated Roads

With some unknown number of those who live here put out at the idea that anyone would try to make a left turn onto Main Street at this time of year, we are perhaps overly unsympathetic to the folks who try. 

Jul 1, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: The River of Time

It’s been a year since I began writing “The Shipwreck Rose.” This column is number 52. Only 49 more years — not columns, years! — to go before I match the record set by my grandmother Jeannette, from whom I seem to have inherited my typographical verbosity.

Jul 1, 2021
Gristmill: Fred Thiele for President

A good time was had by all at Pierson High School's graduation ceremony — Fred Thiele in particular. 

Jul 1, 2021
Point of View: You’ve Got to Laugh

On Father’s Day my daughter said I was a happy person, and that that fact was probably the greatest gift I could have bestowed upon my children.

Jul 1, 2021
The Mast-Head: In the Wake of Yachts

Aboard Cerberus, my 1979 Cape Dory, even a minute or two’s inattention could have put me in the path of one of the many very expensive pleasure boats roaring east or west across the bay.

Jun 23, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: The Anchor Society

It’s become popular in recent years to complain about the State of Main Street, but many local people have been harping on this subject for 30 and more. We have a solution to offer. Or, if not a solution, a mitigation strategy. Introducing, the Anchor Society of East Hampton Inc., whose mission is to raise money to buy a building that will serve as a general store in the Village of East Hampton.

Jun 23, 2021