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monty-heying's picture
Apr.01.2014
Do you like Holden? Or do you think he's an idiot? And what does that say about you? Framing The Catcher in the Rye through a psychological lens may help in understanding your reaction to this controversial classic. Holden imagines himself in a field of rye where children are playing and feels...
richard-goodman's picture
Feb.06.2014
The thing with feathers The term "bird watcher" seems to imply someone overdressed in khaki fatigues, wearing a floppy hat, with an enormous pair of binoculars drooping around his or her neck, a notepad in hand, in which she or he, in ecstasy, scribbles down the latest sighting of the yellow-...
earl-merkel's picture
Jan.12.2013
Despite the usual spate of breathless hyperbole ("This is an amazing surprise. It was there for so many years and people were sitting on it when it was a loaded cannon!”) and misnomers ("Parks workers came upon a LIVE (emphasis mine) cannon ball loaded in a [Amer. Revolution-era?] cannon...
eva-lesko-natiello's picture
Jul.15.2012
. . . New Yorkers are increasingly fanning out across the city’s parks to hunt and gather edible wild plants, like mushrooms, American ginger and elderberries. . . “If people decide that they want to make their salads out of our plants, then we’re not going to have any chipmunks,” said Maria...
geri-spieler's picture
Jun.05.2011
Genius of Place, The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted  by Justin Martin Da Capo Press The gift of artistic vision on the large stage of life is rare. When witnessed it is so overwhelming few can appreciate its impact for years to come. Such was the man, Frederick Law Olmstead, the founder of...
robert-sward's picture
Sep.20.2010
One of those rare occasions, one in which each of the half dozen or so writers present [at Lucy Day's, 9.11.2010] attends fully to the work being read by each of the others. Each of us, so it seems to me, is fully and entirely engaged, our poems, such as they are, our offerings, fully "heard...
mylene-dressler's picture
Apr.04.2010
It's Spring, my friends.  To help yourself really see it and note it and to develop your eye for color, detail and reverberation, try this exercise:  Over the next few days, take the time to linger over and observe (or even interact with) scenes that catch your attention.  Make notes on as many of...
talia-carner's picture
Oct.14.2009
As Monday, Columbus Day, was a no-school day, I grabbed the opportunity to pick up my first-grade grandson Jakie from his suburban home and bring him to New York City for 24 hours. Until my daughter and her family moved away a year ago, Jakie would spend an afternoon with me every weekend, with an...
carolyn-burns-bass's picture
Aug.16.2008
New York is a city of wonders. As many times as I've visited, I never seem to see enough. I've just attended the annual Backspace Writer's Conference, where I spoke in a non-fiction writing panel called, "Real Places, Real Faces, Real Stories." I stayed at the Radisson Martinique Hotel on...