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The Depression

New York's Classic Skyscrapers: An Insider's Grand Tour

Peter Mandel | Posted 04.26.2017 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The idea of the city skyscraper, of building up instead of out, was first dreamt up back in Chicago's frontier days. But to those, like me, who spend...

I Knew Gene Kelly. Donald Trump Is No Gene Kelly

Patricia Ward Kelly | Posted 11.27.2016 | Entertainment
Patricia Ward Kelly

Donald Trump's toxic comments about immigrants and women are completely counter to the spirit of my late husband Gene Kelly. Not only would Gene be appalled by Trump's deplorable words and actions, he would be stricken that such depravity could be tolerated in a race for President of the United States.

Think This Year's Campaigns Are Dirty? Check Out the Race That Changed Politics Forever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

After writing books about the 1950 contest for the U.S. Senate between Richard Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas and, especially, Upton Sinclair's race for governor of California in 1934, not much could happen this year that would truly shock or offend me.

A Cream Puff, Fried Clams & Dumplings

Dan Levitz | Posted 01.28.2014 | Taste
Dan Levitz

What I did always notice about my Dad was something of a fixation on food. At the very end all he really wanted was Haagan Daaz Coffee Ice Cream which was somehow appropriate for a kid who never got all the sweets he wanted growing up.

The Jazz Genius Charlie Parker as Seen by Stanley Crouch

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Barbara Probst Solomon

In Kansas City Lightning, the first volume of his biography The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker, the soul of Stanley Crouch joins the soul of the legendary jazz legend, with James Joyce giving his blessings from beyond the grave.

The Image That's Burned In My Mind Forever

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

Should the day come when I am forced to stop traffic as I cross the road with my walker, please do not feel sorry for me. My bones will be tired, my skin will no longer be taut and my body may be contorted, but my heart will be smiling broadly, for I will be deeply ensconced in the memories of my astounding life; a life void of regrets for what I should have done. I will have done it all.

Our Syracuse Pottery

Barbara Gunn | Posted 07.11.2013 | New York
Barbara Gunn

My husband took my entire family out for dinner at a French restaurant when he was courting me, and we all sat down, looked at the china, knew it was Syracuse and every one of us picked up our plate to check the bottom. We were right. He sat there totally startled at the odd ritual.

Blame Wall Street, Not Boomers

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

We like to think that our economic woes are unique to our time, that ours is the first era in which our democracy seems broken. What we need is a little perspective. And a little understanding of who's responsible.

'Burning Bright' by Ron Rash: the Luminescence of Endurance

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nina Sankovitch

The stories in Burning Bright are beautiful. Each story is luminescent, deeply communicative of Appalachia and perfectly framed with sentences both lyrical and grounded.

The Pope, The Arts, A Nation in Crisis

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

We as a nation have not been upholding ample support for the arts, despite the deep spiritual healing that it can bring -- its joys, its shared experience, its sense of what and who we are.

An Aging Rock Critic's Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 1

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Until the Dow is back above 10,000 and/or there is peace in the Middle East, I hereby pledge to, on some semi-occasional basis, offer some reasons to be cheerful during our current Depression.