When I was in high school, THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA was required reading in one of my English classes.  I was an adolescent fan of Hemingway though I preferred THE SUN ALSO RISES to THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA.  But it did cause me to think of Cuba,… Read full post »

It is dark and drear here in the Hudson Valley.  The temperature is relatively mild but seems much colder due to the damp.  Across the creek, wisps of fog play through the barren tree branches.  Almost all the snow has been wiped away by the steady days of rain.

After… Read full post »

My life has a certain rhythm these days.  I wake.  I have coffee.  I read the NY Times headlines on my phone.  Today, I woke up in the city and did the same. 

Last night was a pleasant evening, dinner with my friend Robert at one of our favorite… Read full post »

Last night, my friends Lionel and Pierre came over for dinner – asparagus soup, mashed sweet potatoes, baked squash and a sirloin fresh from the farmer’s market.  We were just into the soup course when his phone made a noise; a news alert was coming in.

The alert was that… Read full post »

The light is beginning to fade here in the Hudson Valley; it has been a painfully grey day.  Not once has been there a burst of sunlight to shatter the exterior bleakness.  Christmas carols are playing and they sound dirge-like against this shadowy day.  It has been a day to cuddle… Read full post »

The light is beginning to fade here in the Hudson Valley; it has been a painfully grey day.  Not once has been there a burst of sunlight to shatter the exterior bleakness.  Christmas carols are playing and they sound dirge-like against this shadowy day.  It has been a day to cuddle… Read full post »

It is 12/13/14 if you do dates the American way.  That won’t happen again until 01/02/03 in the next century, 89 years from now.  I can’t even imagine what the world will be like 89 years from now.  Certainly I won’t be here to see it but children born today will… Read full post »

Writing this, I am headed back north after having spent the evening in the city, going to the Downton Abbey event and then having a late night dinner with my friend Robert.  While I was riding down into the city yesterday, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California was unveiling the Senate Report… Read full post »

I am on the train, plowing south, toward the city.  Outside there is an ice storm, making streets treacherous.  Deciding caution was the better part of valor, I called a taxi to take me to the station.  The Prius isn’t great when the roads are icy.  Once I slid through the… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2013 5:50PM

Letter From New York

 

Or, as it seems to me…

The sun is setting but you can only tell because the light is fading.  The glorious weekend of sun and warmth in the Hudson Valley is ending in a curtain of grey that descended a couple of hours ago.  Below me the… Read full post »

Letter From New York

March 24, 2013

Or, as it seems to me…

 

It is Sunday, early evening.  The days have grown longer; the sun sets slowly in the west on a day, mostly gray, in the Hudson Valley, a quiet weekend for me.  Friday I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2012 6:36PM

Merry Christmas

Letter From New York

December 24, 2012

Or, as it seems to me…

It is Christmas Eve.  It is snowing in West Virginia, where I am, sitting in the kitchen of a house older than the country, a place where Thomas Jefferson is supposed to have… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2012 6:27PM

Letter From New York November 28, 2012

Or, as it seems to me…

It’s over.  The Election that is, slipping behind us in the wake of history, already becoming lost as we move forward into the future.  Republicans are wondering what hit them, exactly, as this was supposed to be theirs for the taking –… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2012 9:55PM

Letter From New York: Post Election

November 11, 2012

Or, as it seems to me…

It’s a Sunday night and I am in Seattle, where I came to attend a surprise birthday party for a friend of mine, Jerry May.  I’ve known Jerry for a long time and we’d actually fallen out of… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2012 5:13PM

Letter From New York: Surveying Sandy

November 3rd, 2012

First of all, I’m safe.  Thank you to all the people who have reached out to me. On the Friday before Sandy I retreated to… Read full post »

Letter From New York

October 3, 2012

Where I stand…

 

It rained most of the past weekend; a gentle but steady rain that left the ground soft to the foot.  It was a good weekend to snucker down in the cottage and watch old movies and readRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 5:54PM

Letter From New York, September 25, 2012

Letter From New York

September 23, 2012

It’s a Sunday night and as I write this, the 64th Annual Emmy Awards are on and I’m watching them out of the corner of my eye.  The organization behind the Awards, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2012 10:04AM

Letter From New York May 30, 2012

Or, as it seems to me... 

It has been several weeks since I’ve written a letter; it’s not that thoughts haven’t crossed my mind to write about – there have been lots of those.   There… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2012 7:15PM

Letter From New York, April 16, 2012

Or, as it seems to me…

 

A little over a week ago, my beloved cousin Virginia passed away, rather suddenly, and much too quickly for all of us.  She wasn’t eating much, which concerned all of us and caused us to think the end might be near but/Read full post »

April 2, 2012

Or, as it seems to me…

 

It is the Sunday evening of a dreary, chill weekend, when all the world seemed cold and darkened, a world in grief.  The wild portents of spring of a week or so ago have retreated; lost to the… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2012 6:29PM

Letter From New York, March 26, 2012

Or, as it seems to me…

 

It is evening at the Cottage, after a restful weekend.  I returned here Friday after two weeks “on the road,” mostly down in Austin, TX for South by Southwest, a huge Interactive, Film and Music Festival.

It started out some… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2012 1:29PM

Letter From New York, February 10, 2012

Or, as it seems to me....

 

Last week, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, gathered the glitterati of the non-fiction film business, if the folks who work in this world could be called "glitterati."  It's mostly a hard working crowd, the folks who produce, program, schedule, develRead full post »

JANUARY 12, 2012 11:32AM

Letter From Las Vegas

Monday evening… January 9th, 2012

 

The main hall at the Venetian in Las Vegas has been filling up for the last hour; folks have waited as much as four hours for a seat to hear Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft give the keynote speech tonight.  I am thanking myRead full post »

December 28, 2011

I am sitting on a couch at the cottage, feeling like an overstuffed gnocchi.  It has been several days of feasting and fun; my longest standing friend, Sarah Malone, was here with her husband Jim, their son Kevin, who generously considers me his uncle.  Sarah’s sist… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 1:19PM

Letter From New York


 

November 24, 2010

 

Or, as it seems to me...

 

 

My birthday is just past; I was feted to a fair thee well by friends over my birthday weekend, starting on my birthday eve with Lionel and Pierre at ThaiRead full post »