Author Archives: David Gorsline

Shenandoah National Park getaway 2018

I took a two-night trip to Shenandoah National Park, staying in this adorable cabin on the Skyland property, one of the oldest cabins in the park. Black-and-White Warbler (Mniotila varia) seen from the porch. The first day, I did a … Continue reading

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Phenology notes: 1

Last sighting for this season of a neighborhood Gray Catbird attacking its reflection in my patio door: 5 August 2018.

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Small beauties

Bas Bleu contemplates grace: The corollary to this—something I also frequently fail to recognize—is that I can be a grace in the lives of those around me, by being kind, by being attentive, by showing recognition and appreciation. By picking … Continue reading

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Banality

Nikhil Sonnad, Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason: [Facebook] has its own grand project—to turn the human world into one big information system. This is, it goes without saying, nowhere near as terrible as the project … Continue reading

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For Leta: 8

“A Letter from the End of Days (Come In. Clean the House. We Have Died.)” by Malachi Black, at Poetry Daily. … there is nothing else to help you. There is no one here at all.

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Or,

Forgettable or preposterous? Elisabeth Vincentelli looks at names of plays these days.

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Upcoming: 50

The Hirshhorn has acquired its first Tino Sehgal performance art piece, This You. Plans call for it to debut on Labor Day weekend.

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Enroute: 17

So this pavement milling machine has been hanging out near the building entrance. I wonder what it has on its mind.

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Baltimore businessman processed hams, led by 25% of NaCl (1,4)

It’s been a while since I watched broadcast TV that featured ads from local meatpackers, so I missed the passing (I don’t follow the AP style book) of Nathan Mash in 1998. Something I read or heard reminded me of … Continue reading

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Orobranche uniflora

Back in New York, Dave Taft offers this botanical and etymological love note to one of the broomrapes.

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Mortal coil

Mark Memmott has one of the most important jobs in our newsroom: he’s the designated noodge who makes sure that we get our facts right (as ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen details) and our language unvarnished and clear. He quotes Rick Holter … Continue reading

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The scoop

The photograph of the Munsell soil color chart book pulled me up short. As I read Richard Schiffman’s piece, my thoughts bounced around from “wow, this is cool that soil scientists are getting profiled in the Times” to “New York … Continue reading

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Contemporary American Theater Festival 2018: 5

A young woman carries a heavy portable crib up a flight of stairs, bumping it on every other step; her actions echo those of a teenager seventeen years before, banging a suitcase down a different flight of stairs (metaphorical baggage … Continue reading

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Contemporary American Theater Festival 2018: 4

Providing an origin story for a

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Contemporary American Theater Festival 2018: 3

From the other side of the Iron Curtain comes this timebending story, set in multiple places and times in the Soviet Union: in Kruschchev’s era, and before and after the rise of Stalin. Stalin’s purges take on a particular specificity … Continue reading

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