Category Archives: Other stuff

More madras, more profs

The jacket Buddy Rich admired wasn’t my first madras garment. Madras shorts and shirts came into my life in the early 1960s. In the spring of 1964, my last year in college at Columbia, I had a pair of Bermuda shorts that … Continue reading

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Encounters: Jackie Robinson

Fredrik Ekelund writes of seeing on a street in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup the Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, who starred in his country’s 1986 World Cup victory. Acknowledging that he’d been recognized, Maradona shook Ekelund’s outstretched … Continue reading

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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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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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