What Happens to a School When It’s No Longer a School?

The metal letters hanging from the bricks of West Hurley’s former elementary school now read “WEST HUR EY SCH O .”  The concrete front steps are crumbling. Through the tinted windows, the main lobby is dark and empty, except for an American flag standing alone in a corner. The second school building on the property, an old wooden schoolhouse with butter-yellow paint flaking off its boards, is … Continue reading What Happens to a School When It’s No Longer a School?

The Cooper Hewitt: A New Model for the Museum Experience?

An art museum where the guards encourage you to touch the art? Sounds ludicrous. Anyone who has visited a traditional art museum, such as The Metropolitan in New York City, knows the experience to be a fairly serious, solitary one; wary eyes follow your every move as you float silently through opulent rooms filled with precious artifacts. Don’t talk. Don’t breathe. Don’t touch. The Cooper … Continue reading The Cooper Hewitt: A New Model for the Museum Experience?

REVIEW: Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill

Though separated by several generations, I have always felt connected to Frank Sinatra through my Italian-American heritage. I still fondly recall dancing around my living room on top of my father’s feet to “Come Fly With Me,” and other Sinatra classics. My paternal grandfather—a proud Italian-American—was of the same generation as Sinatra, born just two months after him to Italian immigrants. And yet, despite the … Continue reading REVIEW: Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill

But I Liked What He Had To Say…

I don’t like Kurt Cobain’s singing voice. I can appreciate his grunge-rock gravel and the vocal strain it takes to keep the high notes in his chest rather than sliding into his head voice, but I don’t like the nasal quality of his singing. Yet, somehow, not liking his voice did nothing to hinder my enjoyment of Nirvana’s 1993 session on MTV Unplugged. The band … Continue reading But I Liked What He Had To Say…

Revisiting a John Hughes Classic in the Age of Netflix Teen Movies

With the recent success of coming-of-age Netflix Original movies like To All the Boys I Loved Before and The Kissing Booth, revisiting the work of the father of the genre seems a worthwhile investigation. Pretty in Pink (1986) is one of several of writer-direc tor John Hughes’ teen movies lauded for a moving and honest depiction of small-town teenage life. Starring Hughes’ muse, Molly Ringwald, … Continue reading Revisiting a John Hughes Classic in the Age of Netflix Teen Movies

Review: Tash Sultana Transcends on Debut Album ‘FLOW STATE’

Tash Sultana’s hypnotizing debut album FLOW STATE immerses the listener in an exploration of diverse instruments and irregular tempo. Sliding between haunting falsettos and gravelly gut notes as layered instrumentation creates reverberating depth, Sultana serenades their listeners into a “flow state,” which they describe as a state of mind where one is fully in the moment. The late-night-listening jams feature strong beats and instruments ranging … Continue reading Review: Tash Sultana Transcends on Debut Album ‘FLOW STATE’

I Am a Human Being First

At 7 p.m. on a Thursday night Cassie Thomas pulls into the parking lot of the Titusville Plaza in Poughkeepsie, New York. In the pitch black of the late-November evening, light from a storefront window illuminates the spinning figures within. Black leotards, white tights, hair pulled taught. The small-framed figures cross polished wooden floors in a series of twirls. Cassie, bundled against the cold in … Continue reading I Am a Human Being First

Scenes from a Poorly-Lit Coffee Shop

At 6:30 on a cold November night, the familiar yellow glow from several green-hooded bankers desk lamps and some vintage lamps whose bell-shaped shades wore dangling tassels, lit the nearly empty coffee shop, Cafeteria. The brick building, whose red-orange window frames and newly-painted black door complement the orange and black colors of the business sign hanging above the sidewalk on Main Street, is a popular … Continue reading Scenes from a Poorly-Lit Coffee Shop