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Jeanne Moreau

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

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More profs…

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

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Ted de Bary

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

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Niue

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

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More Lou Carr…

I couldn’t sleep one night a while ago and went to my study and looked for something to read. I took down Jack Kerouac‘s Vanity of Duluoz, which I inherited from my father, Ted Oster. Inside I found a piece of … Continue reading

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Polar-iced

I noticed the other day while moving our globe during some spring cleaning how far north Trisha and I have twice been—in April 2015 when we traveled to Iona, Scotland, 56° N—and in June 2001 when we went to Copenhagen, … Continue reading

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From Sara G to Kate Rhudy to Lucien Carr to me…

In early February, Trisha and I went to a house concert in Durham to hear Sara Ghebremichael, one of Lily’s Wesleyan University housemates in 2003 and 2004. Sara has become an accomplished singer and banjo player, as you can hear on … Continue reading

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