Author Archives: David Gorsline


Filip Bondy’s piece about using video to apply an equalizing scale to home runs, irrespective of peculiar ballpark topography, warrants a dubious achievement award for a lede that promises something the story doesn’t deliver: Spoiler alert: If you wish to … Continue reading

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Peculiar muzak: 4

Portishead, “Sour Times,” in the Unique thrift store in Merrifield.

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Half dome

The view from the National Gallery East Building’s roof terrace. The art downside is not so bad either, although Leta and I miss the two Sol LeWitt wall drawings that used to be there.

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Emily Townley brings considerable skill to the role of Paige, the long-suffering mother of a dysfunctional family in this preachy satire with themes of gender fluidity and the fight between chaos and control. She delivers a rainbow of colors in … Continue reading

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In his field

Kriston Capps profiles D.C. artist Kenneth Young, one of the Washington Color School painters (Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Alma Thomas, and others). He explores an unintended happy consequence: … the collapse of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, … for better … Continue reading

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Enroute: 14

A lovely “bloom” of one of our common yellow myxomycetes in the Ridge Heights meadow.

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Sugarloaf loop

Too long away from the park, I set aside today for an easy 5-mile loop using the AT, Sugarloaf Trail, Pole Bridge Link Trail, and Keyser Run Fire Road. Top bird sighting for the walk was a couple of female … Continue reading

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Icelanders strive to maintain their native language as an option for communication with computers, as well as something that its children can read and speak. Most high schools are also waiting until senior year to read works by the writer … Continue reading

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At the park: 91

A report from the 14th: Greetings, duck boxers! The 14th saw hatching evidence in 5 more boxes, bringing the season total to 7 boxes with hatched eggs. Unfortunately, it appears that box #62 was predated, at least in part; Paul … Continue reading

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.d0t:: a RotoPlastic Ballet

Pointless Theatre’s latest offering is an interesting blend of low- and high-tech stick puppetry and video projections. In a strange futurescape populated only by robots — yet powered by the life forces of Navi, the one remaining human — a … Continue reading

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At the park: 90

From my last report to the nest box team: Much activity in the boxes so far this year! We’ve had nests in 14 of the 16 boxes. Of these, box #2 has already hatched out (unfortunately, only 8 of 22 … Continue reading

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Fun Home

Alison Bechdel’s unflinching memoir, translated into musical theater, has effectively managed the transition from chamber musical to a more conventional proscenium, big-theater setting. Nevertheless, it is the quieter song moments that are most effective: Abby Corrigan captures the joy of … Continue reading

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Full bloom

The azaleas around my house are going crazy. Just a reminder to myself that this dumpy little place is still pretty fine.

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One of tens of thousands

Life achievement unlocked: today for the first time I marched in a major political protest on the streets of Washington, D.C. As a member of the March for Science, I walked from the Washington Monument grounds, within sight of the … Continue reading

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Alice blue

I was consolidating some old files of clippings and I found this gift from 1990 David: a copy of Nicholson Baker’s story, “Room Temperature.” And yet I had always envied normal households that had (besides aluminum screen doors whose hissing … Continue reading

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