Tag Archives: summer people

Insider, Outsider

When Senator Elizabeth Warren came to the Vineyard for a town hall last month (see “The Line, the Hall, and the Senator” for details), an estimated 1,000 people filled a hall whose official capacity is about 800. When my four … Continue reading

Posted in musing, public life | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tolerant, Up to a Point

At the end of April, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center held its first Spectrum Film Festival, featuring films with an L, G, B, T, and/or Q connection. Like the LGBTQ coalition itself, the films had an uneasy relationship with each … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, public life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trespassing

The off-season is for trespassing. Something like 60 percent of the island’s houses are vacant for 8 or 10 months of the year. There’s no one around to yell at you if you cut through their backyard on the way … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

Recognition Rocks

Ordinarily I don’t do awards, but hey, recognition is good, especially when it comes from a peer one respects, so thank you for nominating me, Charles French, whose blog, Charles French: Words, Reading, and Writing, I’m a faithful follower of. … Continue reading

Posted in musing, writing | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Undercover in the Summerland

Ta-Nehisi Coates might be the best, most challenging, most important writer I’ve read in years. I’ve been following his blog on TheAtlantic.com for a while now. His Atlantic essay “The Case for Reparations” is must-reading for anyone on the verge of rage … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, musing, writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

30 Changeovers

It’s changeover weekend — the 30th anniversary of my arrival on Martha’s Vineyard to take a year off. Ha ha ha. I’d saved enough money to live for a year and to buy my first PC — a Leading Edge Model … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, musing, writing | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

The Wedding

Why did it take me almost 20 years to find my way to The Wedding? It’s not as though I didn’t know it was there, and it’s certainly not as though I didn’t know of Dorothy West. I read her first … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Martha’s Vineyard Basketball

Slightly adapted from the review I just posted on Goodreads . . . No, I’m not a sports fan, but my fascination with the Vineyard and anything related to race and class is insatiable, so I had such hopes for … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, public life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Gay on MV

I started this post last fall, after the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce blogged about “LGBT MV.” I’ve been poking and prodding it ever since. What used to be called Gay Pride, then Gay and Lesbian Pride, then LGBT Pride, … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, public life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Chambermaid Follies

My computer files and folders are pretty well organized. My paper files are a mess. Once the folders get into the file drawers, they’re out of sight, out of mind, but plenty of stuff never gets there. Folders and unsorted … Continue reading

Posted in music, work | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments