Al Filreis

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Rhinecliff Station along the Hudson

I had a half hour to kill while waiting for Jane to arrive on the 6:11 PM Amtrak coming from Penn Station to Rhinecliff Station along the Hudson, so I walked around and took in the scenes. I love the Hudson Valley and this odd old riverside station is one...

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Views from Hudson River Park on an August Sunday

I can’t think of an urban park I admire more than Hudson River Park running south from Chelsea all the way to the bottom of Manhattan Island. The features vary; it’s not a single design. Some of the piers have been renovated, but each differently. The gardens are gorgeous, each...

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Cornwall weekend

A perfect weekend in Cornwall, in the northwest corner of Connecticut. This is essentially the Berkshires — but lower rolling hills, more farmland, etc. I did a lot of running and walking and was fascinated by various objects and scenes seen from the road. Here, below, is a selection of...

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RealArts internships

A new article in the Omnia features our RealArts internships program. In part because students who cannot otherwise afford to accept unpaid internships (alas, that’s now the norm) are generally shut out from such opportunities, RealArts’ paid internships have been mainly about enabling equal access for talented students who want to explore careers in arts...

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Sylvia Beach on boots in a time of Nazi anti-modernism (yes, not “books” but “boots”)

In a 1960 issue of Kenyon Review I came across a transcript of a conversation moderated by the literary historian of modernism, Jackson Mathews, with Sylvia Beach, proprietor of the famous Parisian modernist bookstore, Shakespeare & Company—haven for expatriate and local avant-gardists. She’s remembering what happened when a Nazi soldier...