Author Archives: David Gorsline

Missing

Moreover, as anyone who’s ever owned a remote control can tell you, new technologies themselves are often infuriatingly unfindable, a problem made worse by the trend toward ever smaller gadgets. It is difficult to lose an Apple IIe, easier to … Continue reading

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Great Backyard Bird Count 2017

I got started earlier in the day, and somewhat surprisingly, the list is shorter: only 17 species this year. Good weather (forties) for birding. Got the pair of RSHAs.

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Caroline, Or Change

Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s ambitious, admirable musical, with a story drawn from Kushner’s life, concerns an African-American maid (Nova Y. Payton, in the title role) and her relationships with the Jewish family that she works for in 1963 Louisiana. … Continue reading

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It’s a privilege to pee

Broadway houses scramble to add capacity, manage the lines for the ladies’ loo at intermission.

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For Leta: 5

I delivered a version of the following remarks at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, 4 February 2017. Leta and I were sweethearts for sixteen years. She liked to say that, in our relationship, she was Ernie and I was Bert. … Continue reading

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On deck: 17

Augmented by a stack of books from Leta’s library. She was holding out on me with the Alison Bechdel and Jane Smiley. I haven’t read Memento Mori since I borrowed it from Jim Gleason’s dad when I was in high … Continue reading

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Father forgive all of us

Coventry Cathedral keeps its doors open. We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, well-heeled or down-at-heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers…. We offer a special welcome to those … Continue reading

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For Leta: 4

The obituary that Charlie and I put together for Leta is online at the Post‘s paid site. The anonymous copy editor who mangled the paragraph breaks, misnamed a G&S opera, munged the Donaldson link, and otherwise added no value, rankles.

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For Leta: 3

CASH: I made it on the bevel. 1. There is more surface for the nails to grip. 2. There is twice the gripping-surface to each seam. 3. The water will have to seep into it on a slant. Water moves … Continue reading

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For Leta: 2

Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generations. The Lord appportioned to them great glory, his majesty from the beginning. There were those who ruled in their kingdoms, and were men renowned for their power, giving … Continue reading

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For Leta

Call the roller of big cigars, The muscular one, and bid him whip In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. Let the wenches dawdle in such dress As they are used to wear, and let the boys Bring flowers in last month’s … Continue reading

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Upcoming: 48

WATCH assignments are ready! I have a big stack of five TBDs, but I know that I will be seeing (or swapping for) Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike* Finn, Sheinkin, Reiss, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling … Continue reading

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My year in books, 2016

Henry Beston and David Maraniss were my new faves of 2016. 2015’s list. 2014’s list.

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My year in cities, 2016

CATF, one trip for work, and VNPS. Overnight stays in 2016: Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia (Thanks, Charlie, as always!) 1, 2, 3 Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia (and) Boston, Massachusetts 2015’s list 2014’s list 2013’s list 2012’s list 2011’s list … Continue reading

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My year in contributions, 2016

It’s too late for tax season, but I still encourage you to support the good work that these organizations are doing. These are the groups and projects to which I gave coin (generally tax-deductible), property, and/or effort in 2016. American … Continue reading

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