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Gristmill: Big Night

The high school prom: fun or fraught?

May 12, 2021
Point of View: Things Are Looking Up

While it would be nice to write off all state income and property taxes, as we used to, I’m willing to stand the gaff if it means that President Biden’s broad spending plan will pass. The New York legislators who have said they won’t vote for the bill if our state income and property tax write-offs remain capped at $10,000, should abandon that stand in favor of the greater good.

May 12, 2021
The Mast-Head: Streetscape Mistake?

Nothing screams “suburban streetscape!” quite so loudly as Belgian block.

May 6, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: The Save-the-World Game

My son, bless his cotton socks, is of a scientific mind.

May 6, 2021
Gristmill: Back to the Church

A soaring vertical space broken up by horizontal catwalks, railings, and landings. This is what preservation can look like . . .

May 6, 2021
Point of View: In the Flow, In the Game

A fellow tennis player said the other day that he assumed I’d not been very busy lately, though I assured him I had been inasmuch as the high school teams had been pretty much in full swing since the end of February.

May 6, 2021
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