Block Island, RI – An extended interview with Jim Ortel and John Hirsch about their relationship with Block Island. Ortel is a year-round Block Island resident, cyclist, father, husband, and owner of Block Island Sport Shop. Hirsch is a professional cyclist, member of the Block Island Vela Club, and a public defender in NYC. He has been coming to Block Island since he was a child.
Providence, R.I. – If each of us stopped and really reflected on our lives at this very moment, we could identify critical, life-altering experiences along the way that have shaped who we are. For Diane Postoian, a rich collection of these experiences has everything to do with the stories she feels compelled to tell every day of her life.
Newport, Rhode Island – Rust is usually associated with decay, but artist Esther Solondz employs the process of oxidation to create images instead. Our arts correspondent Martina Windels recently visited the Newport Art Museum and spoke with Esther Solondz about her artwork and the exhibition "There and Not There," featuring about sixty of Solodnz's large rust portraits. View her work at http://esthersolondz.com/
Providence, R.I. – Yes, indeed, "frisky" is just the word for this century old German tour de farce by a now mostly forgotten fellow named Carl Sternheim. His script ran on about . . .Oh, well, let's not worry about that.
For you see, Herr Sternheim's script has been adapted - and you strongly suspect __ largely re-engineered by that man of many an artistic talent, Steve Martin.
Providence, RI – How often have you stood impatiently in what turned out to be the interminably long line at the supermarket, or felt at a complete loss for what to do in those all-too-rare, often unexpected hiatuses in your overly scheduled life? As Henri Flikier observes, boredom is in the eye of the beholder and, often, is not what it seems.
Providence, RI – Who hasn't had a close encounter or two with a remarkably exasperating, perhaps eccentric, relative -- that legendary family fixture who has an astonishing ability to push the proverbial envelope and test our patience? And then, as so often happens, this is the relative who, over time, manages somehow to seep into and truly touch our soul. This is what happened to Janine Weisman.
Providence, RI – Wake-up calls in life come from many sources, and usually not from hotel operators. For all of us, life is full of unpredictable and unexpected, often unbidden, events that teach us enduring lessons. That was certainly the case for Jack Galvin.
Galvin, a retired teacher and tennis pro, is a writer living in Middletown. He and Vinny Integlia, the subject of Galvin's essay, have been collaborating on a written account of Integlia's first ten years as a quadriplegic.