A vetted and substantiated “against” is practically a prerequisite for any good “for.” That expansion/contraction, generative/critical, for/against dialectical rhythm seems to me the essence of creativity and critical thought. I am not a someone who is afraid of negativity. I don’t think of it is poison, sour grapes, or the last smirk of the cynic. I can hardly imagine meaning and progress without it.
Like most libraries these days, ours has been weeding out less popular books and movies. Goodbye, Balzac and James Baldwin, time for more James Patterson and Urban Fiction. Stephen King is now a classic author.
An unprecedented challenge; The cold facts; Police accountability and more.
Ulster County is more than a week into New York State’s Phase One reopening plan and getting close to Phase Two. Phase One businesses include construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, manufacturing, wholesale trade and retail businesses – the latter limited to curbside or in-store pickup and drop-off.
There was a confrontation in Deposit last Friday night which ended up with one employee in the hospital and another who tried to help her colleague pressing charges against a customer.
Summer 2020 is coming. Spring 2020, in fact, has been unusually lush and beautiful. Or maybe we’ve all just been paying closer attention. After almost two decades here, I am finally learning the names and calls of birds, the species of trees that have watched over this most interesting chapter of my life.
I am uncomfortable. I am uncomfortable with the comfort of my life. I am uncomfortable with the obvious white privilege that surrounds me and my community.
Topics include: Hudson River Skywalk grant; No Ulster County Fair; Bard postpones Boulanger fest; Oblong Books author event; Kingston Annual 2020 arts exhibition seeks entries.
Instead of just strolling into a venue, you’ll have to tune in, and sometimes sign up online – say, if you want to perform (from home) at the open mic or have your say at the town hall. But we’re all polishing our Zoom meeting skills these days, aren’t we?
Topics include: Covid 19 memorial and Onteora budget vote.