The Thursday, February 16 poetry gathering at New World Home Cooking, 1411 Route 212, between Woodstock and Saugerties, will feature poets
Sarvananda Bluestone’s blog entries for the past weekend capture the whiteness that blanketed the region and disrupted its power.
It’s one of the most enduring and tantalizing local legends you’ll ever wonder about. Was novelist Stephen King inspired to write “The Shining,” one of his most famous horror stories, after visits to Mohonk Mountain House?
Zines are DIY, often hand-made limited-run magazines, replicated on photocopiers and focused on topics not well suited for commercial publishing. The web is a more efficient way to reach multitudes with a targeted message, but it lacks the serendipity and tactility of stumbling across and interacting with a little zine. (And while small websites are rarely maintained more than 5-10 years, zines last as long as paper— the Zine Library at SUNY New Paltz has over 400 entries.
It works like this: Founder, editor and producer Ed McCann announces an open-ended “theme” meant to prompt writers of every background, professional and amateur, young and old, to address that theme in as many as 650 words – maybe four, five minutes of reading time.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprising elevation to the presidency and the tumultuous weeks since the inauguration, local readers are turning to books to make sense of it all.
“Much of my work, and certainly my book, won’t really make much sense unless you’ve had some taste of obsessive love/unrequited love at some point in your life.”
Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism” examines how movements find support in masses of lonely, economically disrupted people, cynical of existing institutions and yearning for identity.
Admission to the exhibit is free; but if you need an additional incentive to pay a visit to the Vassar campus, you might also want to check out this year’s annual Krieger Lecture, coming up on Feb. 9. “An Evening with Zadie Smith” will feature the highly influential, award-winning British author reading from recent works, which include the acclaimed novel “Swing Time.”
“I was a red diaper baby,” says Charley Rosen. “My parents passed out pamphlets at subway stations and had their friends over to yell and scream about Trotsky and that. So the book has been in my mind for a long time.”