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Guestwords: 50 Years Later, the Free Life

On Sept. 20, 1970, the Free Life took off from Springs on a trans-Atlantic attempt, and something about its story has captured our attention ever since.

Sep 17, 2020
Guestwords: My Evening With Larry Kramer

A chance meeting in the summer of 1975 changes the trajectory of a young man’s life.

Sep 10, 2020
Guestwords: The Sailboat

After months of struggling to do it, I asked my brother to come get my sailboat — not because I do not love the beauty of it and the worlds it promised me, but because at some point I have to face reality and not just my dreams.

Sep 3, 2020
Guestwords: Misguided Monuments

When it comes to statues, I would like to advance the idea that the Confederates are in a class by themselves.

Aug 27, 2020
Guestwords: En Plein Air No Longer

A few recent painting experiences have brought me around to a new way of seeing what contemporary art is telling us about the disappearance of the open landscape.

Aug 20, 2020
Guestwords: Podcasting in the Pandemic

Two veteran journalists overcome all manner of obstacles to put together a program to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage, while taking a fresh look at the latest threats of voter suppression.

Aug 13, 2020
Guestwords: Sex Abuse in a Pandemic

The coronavirus amplifies many of the inequalities in our society. The wealthy can afford to self-isolate; the vulnerable are more so than ever. This extends to far too many children — the most innocent among us.

Aug 6, 2020
Guestwords: Underachieving

My success at underachieving is undoubtedly my extraordinary ability at staying supine on the couch. During these difficult days, what more valuable skill than the ability to put in long-term couch time.

Jul 30, 2020
Guestwords: What Kind of Bench?

I have a question about the plans for a new park in Wainscott, at the site of the memorable, irreplaceable Club Swamp.

Jul 23, 2020
Guestwords: Let There Be Laughter

The passing of Carl Reiner reminds us of an era when perhaps 80 percent of leading comics were Jewish. The passing of a style of humor we might call earthy, clever, slapstick, and/or Jewish.

Jul 16, 2020
Guestwords: Insiders and Outsiders

In recent years, while I migrated to South America, a multinational Latin American community has established roots here, and as I drive around town, I find myself becoming reacquainted with a new East Hampton.

Jul 9, 2020
Guestwords: Brown Gold

It’s a rough job. The entire time driving the pumpout boat the operator is thinking, Once I get done pumping out this boat, I am going to tie this stinkpot up and offer my resignation.

Jul 2, 2020