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Guestwords: Meeting Groucho and Cavett

A chance encounter with Dick Cavett on an East Hampton beach leads to a long-term friendship. And to Groucho.

Dec 29, 2022
Guestwords: Cakes for Peace

Just imagine how much more peaceful the world would be if difficult and/or coldhearted people were walloped with a million daily currents of kindness and love.

Dec 22, 2022
Guestwords: Our Obsession With Winning

Trump’s actions with respect to losing the election, while extreme, is hardly new. Winning is a supreme value in American culture.

Dec 15, 2022
Guestwords: Too Many Sweatpants

With its wide legs, its shapeless backside, its expanding waistline, the sweatpant is the official garment of the borderless, post-pandemic world.

Dec 8, 2022
Guestwords: A Day With Pelé 

Pictures of Pelé flashing on TV as FIFA World Cup fever spreads from Qatar to Queens bring back memories of a writer’s sort-of date with him.

Dec 1, 2022
Guestwords: The Real Thanksgiving

Was it a quirk of history or the hand of God that brought Squanto and William Bradford together?

Nov 23, 2022
Guestwords: Rethinking Preservation

The Nov. 3 vote in the Sag Harbor School District to approve buying five lots near the high school with C.P.F. help was significant. It forces all of us to rethink what preservation means for the East End.

Nov 17, 2022
Guestwords: Fork Play: Remembering Gael Greene

As New York magazine’s pioneering “Insatiable Critic” and the first foodie, a term she coined, Gael Greene made dining out a sensual experience to be savored.

Nov 10, 2022
Guestwords: Fuel Lessons From History

The Group of 7 has decided to cap the price it will pay for Russian oil. There may be lessons for that challenge in U.S. history, from World War I to the coal wars of 1922.

Nov 3, 2022
Guestwords: Hope vs. Despair

Last year a group of us decided to tackle our ecological despair with action in a landscape we love — East Hampton and eastern Long Island. We started in our own yards.

Oct 27, 2022
Guestwords: Jeremiah, Jesus

Oct. 22, 1962: I was ordained to ministry in the Presbyterian Church, and President Kennedy addressed the nation on the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Oct 20, 2022
Guestwords: What’s in a Name?

I have a gripe with people who pin appellations on inanimate objects, or on almost anything and everything. I draw the line at labeling automobiles, apartment complexes, houses . . .

Oct 13, 2022