For me, reading’s been better than ever this year. It’s helped me and many others find a means of accepting, even understanding, the anxieties caused by pandemic. It’s been an alternative to the battles over truth that have forced their ways into our political souls via journalism and the social media.
Affordable housing in the increasingly upscale community of Woodstock, according to the Woodstock Housing Commission, was a big problem even before the Airbnb phenomenon stripped the historic town of small apartments and live-in artist studios. Surrounding towns that once provided a commuting base for those that filled Woodstock’s jobs have also faced hikes in rental costs and a rise in short-term rentals.
Ben Caswell, who died October 22 at the age of 71, was one of the important figures in Woodstock for many years.
Work patterns have changed. Huge numbers of jobs have been rendered virtual, shifted commutes from hours and minutes to the seconds it takes to get from one’s kitchen to whatever you’re calling an office.
We’d been hearing about this ultra-creative mechanical wiz living in the hills outside Woodstock. She’s been making a name for herself via TED talks and other keynote speeches about investing the magic of new technology into old-fashioned things, of slowing life down without going Luddite. From what we read about her, Stone was not only an eloquent ambassador for our Upstate glories involving nature and elegantly quiet introspection, but a clear example of the many ways in which the Hudson Valley and Catskills have long drawn great thinkers (and doers) to its hills and valleys.
“Small Happenings,” a collection of aphorisms, thoughts, observations, witty thoughts, and short poems all presented as a guide of sorts to better living, will be the subject of a virtual book launch and reading with Woodstock’s Golden Notebook on Monday, October 5. Also being printed this year: “The Princeton Diary,” a novella about a Greek writer filling in for a famous writer who’s canceled his four-year stint at the noted Ivy League school, and “Trump Verse,” a collection of short poems that mix up the witty and the outraged and outrageous.
Barnfox, envisioned as a rural barn for wild creatives looking for community, already has a location in Hudson. Its latest is set to open in Uptown Kingston.
“I felt totally awkward that first month,” said Kate McGloughlin, long-time printing, painting and drawing instructor at the Woodstock School of Art as well as the institution’s former board president. “Then my partner Sarah and I decided to do a pilot class for online use.”
One of my tech people’s in the middle of Iowa, where the power’s been provided by generators for a couple of weeks now. Another’s in Austin. A third radio-tech dude’s in Wisconsin. Our server is outside Phoenix.
I was listening to 13-year-old Brayden Harrington speak about Joe Biden on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.