Michael Maruti Projansky’s autobiographical memoir I Don’t Know…I Love (Epigraph Publishing, 2019) might have been restricted to the literary technique of episodic collage by the unique conditions of its writing. A genuine exit project, I Don’t Know…I Love finds the well-known New Paltz patriarch, psychologist, world traveler and spiritual seeker in his own words, “progressively disentangling from being human,” in his late 70s and five years into a struggle with a rare form of ALS that will claim his life – within half a year, by the author’s own estimation at the time of publication.
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Tuesday, Sept. 10: Long, long after his brilliant modernist masterpiece The Satanic Verses made him newsworthy and transformed his public and private life in unfortunate ways, the British Indian novelist continues to be prolific and expansive. His 13th novel, Quichotte, is a Don Quixote for the modern age.
Sunday, Sept. 8: Kingston is in the midst of a rent crisis, defined as having a vacancy rate of five percent or less for rental properties.
Jessica DuPont lovingly stocks shelves in Uptown Kingston, Tivoli and plans to open a science fiction bookstore in Midtown. She has twice come upon first US editions of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, found a first edition of On the Road haphazardly thrown into a plastic bin and even opened a poetry book to find that it had come from the private library of Orson Welles.
Sunday, Sept. 8: Ponckhockie Union’s Benedict Arnold “Ben” Rose is a struggling filmmaker who is in the early stages of producing a Howard Zinn-inspired documentary about the Burning of Kingston.
Monday-Thursday, Sept. 2-5: Poets, songwriters, prose stylists and storytellers will take over Ashokan’s inspirational 300-acre campus nestled amidst waterfalls, meadows and streams.
Erica Obey touts The Horseman’s Word at Saugerties Library August 29, Golden Notebook September 7.
Even if “a good translator,” in her words, “should disappear,” Mandell wants readers to understand just how much work is involved in her profession.
Tuesday, Aug. 13: Jared Cohen’s interest in unexpected transfers of power began during his childhood when he read the late Staatsburg author/illustrator Alice Provensen’s The Buck Stops Here, a book about US presidents.
The Phoenicia Library is home to the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection, an impressive inventory of books about fishing and fly-tying. “It could be hyperbole, but we like to say we have the largest circulating collection in the Northeast,” says Library Board member Beth Waterman.