The name of this blog…
…comes from a comment
attributed to photographer Walker Evans:
Stare. It is the way to educate your eye and more.
Die knowing something.
You are not here long.
Author Archives: JO
When I was in my late teens and early 20s, Brigitte Bardot frightened me. She was too sexual. Like Janet Leigh. And Jane Russell. My first great film loves were Emmanuelle Riva, in Alain Resnais’s “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” (1959)… and … Continue reading
Back in May, the New Yorker published a review of a biography by Natalie Robins of Diana Trilling: “The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling.” Trilling and her husband Lionel Trilling were members of the New York Intellectuals, a … Continue reading
I had several illustrious teachers at Columbia College between 1960 and 1964—more than I was smart enough to know how to take advantage of. James Shenton (American History), Lionel Trilling, Eric Bentley, and F.W. Dupee (English), Dustin Rice (art history) … Continue reading
We were sitting on the deck of the Front Street Grill in Beaufort NC, our favorite July restaurant, and an immense single-masted sailboat went by on its engines. We couldn’t make out its name or home port. It’s ensign was … Continue reading
The carcass of a 32-foot male sperm whale that washed up on Cape Lookout NC in 2005, a relative of Moby-Dick. Note the teeth in the lower jaw; they’re for grabbing and ripping, the marine biologist docent at the North … Continue reading
Trisha and I are on our annual two-week visit to Emerald Isle. For the past several years, I’ve been the beneficiary of an iPhone app called MyTideTimes that gives local tides at the four nearest locations to wherever you area. (According … Continue reading