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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
Guestwords: Fifty Years Later, We Still Do

Fifty years ago, on June 28, 1970, my husband, Rick, and I took our vows at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Woods Lane. Ours was the first wedding held at the Jewish Center, which 17 Jewish families, including mine, founded in 1959.

Jun 25, 2020
Guestwords: Generation Zoom

In the three months since we started home schooling our children, the global pandemic has made me feel like a 1950s housewife, sequestered at home with her colicky newborn, while also being a failing schoolteacher and homesteader.

Jun 18, 2020
Guestwords: Nests I

What holds a nest (a nation?) together? Strands of material chosen with intelligence and heart. Our species has practiced — for centuries — with the tools to build “a community of care.”

Jun 11, 2020
Guestwords: Golf in the Time of Corona

The members of our Sag Harbor Women’s Golf League were happy to be out playing again but at the same time aware that unseen microbes could be emanating from flagpoles, cups, balls, and other people.

Jun 4, 2020