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Vying for the vista: Carleton Mabee’s final opus, Saving the Shawangunks

Vying for the vista: Carleton Mabee’s final opus, Saving the Shawangunks

The book is positioned as a celebration of nature’s fragile ecosystems and of the David v. Goliath community members (for David’s tactics, in this case, were largely litigatory) banded together to protect them. But in the moment-to-moment of the prose and in the very consciously balanced, 360-degree management of his facts, Mabee reveals himself mostly as a fastidious historian and no polemicist at all.

Of pose and prana

Of pose and prana

Saturday, Oct. 14: Francesco Mastalia launches new book of 108 portraits of yogis with exhibition and readings. “The significance of the number 108 is that it’s a sacred number in Eastern religious traditions,” Mastalia explains. “One stands for God or higher truth, zero stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, eight stands for infinity or eternity.”

Stephen and Owen King on stage at Bard

Stephen and Owen King on stage at Bard

Wednesday, Sept. 27: Father and son will converse about the creepy novel that they just wrote together, Sleeping Beauties, which takes place in the near future in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison. Something happens when women go to sleep. The Washington Post’s Ron Charles dubbed the tale Orange Is the New Black Death.

The near-death laughter of Malachy McCourt

The near-death laughter of Malachy McCourt

During the course of his life, writer and raconteur Malachy McCourt started the first singles’ bar in America, was a concrete inspector on the New Jersey Turnpike, a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star and a candidate for governor of the state of New York. Now he turns his gaze to Death.