Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ugly Plant, Great to See You (Stillwater Diary)

If forsythia weren’t a first responder to the desperate call for spring, I’d yank the the silly, spindly shrub out of the ground.   (Pretty much the only thing I like that comes in yellow is a Labrador Retriever–love you, Ryder.) But, … Continue reading

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Winter Kills But False (Hellebores) Prove True (Stillwater Diary)

While the ravages of this cruel winter on some of the evergreens–white pines and rhododendron–are preferable to damage done by borers, fungi or the wooly adelgid, in that they timed out with the arrival of spring (neither Susan nor the forester had heard of current, non-weather related problems with either … Continue reading

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Reality/Fiction, Fiction/Reality

One of the sidebars of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s second annual documentary festival, the sprawling Art of the Real, showcases non-fiction and fiction films made throughout the long, remarkable career of the great French director Agnès Varda. In a 2009 interview, … Continue reading

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Bunnies, Bonnets and Carbonated Beverages

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The Genuine Article: Sirk’s Profound Weepie

Douglas Sirk’s great Technicolor melodrama, “Imitation of Life” (1959), rare in so many ways, is likely unique in that it both deals with issues of race/racial identity and a woman’s right to self-determination in post-WWII America, and has credits for “jewels … Continue reading

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Manoel de Oliveira 1908-2015

The great auteur, Manoel de Oliveira, born in  Porto, Portugal, died today at the age of 106. I had the great privilege of photographing him in New York in 2002. He was almost 94 and it’s not ageism in reverse … Continue reading

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