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Month: September 2014

A Tale of Two Rivers: Chance Encounters with the John Denver Sanctuary and Dan Fogelberg Memorial 

How do you memorialize a 1970s singer-songwriter?   Apparently, finding a river, a few boulders, a chisel, and some song lyrics is a good way to start. I discovered this truth by accident in June. While staying in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, for a sport history conference, I took my free Sunday afternoon (and my not-so-free… Read More ›

Life and Death at the DBF

Not everyone understands the ATL. Recently The NY Times invoked our city as a foil, the anti-Portlandia: “In the wake of the financial crisis, many young college graduates have delayed their lives, put off worries about jobs and houses and families and instead moved to cool cities to wait out the recession, says William Frey,… Read More ›

#vinylproject2014

What to do when you move to a new place and decide against keeping cable? Any number of things spring to mind: Take long, humid evening walks, listening to crickets and sniffing the local flora. Take up gardening. Perfect your Jack and Coke ratio. Or, you could decide to listen to your entire vinyl LP… Read More ›

Ways of Seeing New York’s Future

In a magnificent essay for The Guardian, Jason Farago – accompanied by the photography of Vivienne Gucwa (of NY Through the Lens) – offers a richly insightful, sobering review of what’s been built in Lower Manhattan since 9/11. The story and its images are not to be missed, for reasons aesthetic and civic. Farago peers… Read More ›

 Out of Touch in The New York Times

Is today’s virtual dater and mater something like an updated version of Plato’s Gyges, who could see everything at a distance but was touched by nothing?        Richard Kearney, a philosophy professor at Boston College, will presumably build anticipation for his forthcoming book, Carnal Hermeneutics with his “Losing Our Touch” in The Opinion… Read More ›

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