Monthly Archives: September 2016

Cycling New England: 6

I should have studied the maps better, but I was preoccupied with my overpriced coffee and Donuts. As a result I got lost (went 30 miles out of my way) in a remote area of upstate New York. It is genuinely rural, not exurban.  It was late into the night when I crossed the state […]

Cycling New England: 5

The Walkway Over The Hudson is an old railroad bed turned into a path that runs from New Paltz to Poughkeepsie and a foot bridge over the river. It is a sublime place.

Cycling New England: 4

When you are completely, utterly and terrifying lost in the mountains of upstate New York do you stop and take photos?  Of course you do.  

Cycling New England: 3

This old building (a former hotel/resort) is in the surprisingly remote area of Northern, NJ and the Central Hudson Valley. It’s quite impressive.

Cycling New England: 2

I finally arrive in New Paltz at 6:30 PM. That means I’very been on the road for 14 hours.  If 101 miles in 14 hours is pathetically slow, two things hurt my time. I had only slept for an hour the night before. I had no clue how to get there so I had to […]

Cycling New England: 1

Riding since early morning. Crossed the border into New York at about noon. The weather has been cool and damp,threatening rain but never delivering. Bearz are close. Should I stop and take a photo?

Cycling New England

Because I am an old man with one foot in the grave, more interested in the location of the bathroom than in the attentions of the fairer sex, I have decided to spend a week or two trying to deny the effects of my advanced age on my body. I will cycle New England. To […]

MOVIE REVIEW | The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

Originally posted on Bored and Dangerous:
“That jerk Karl Marx said opium was the… religion of people. I got news for him, it’s money.” John Cassevetes is a cinema name I’ve heard a lot.  But I think until a few years ago, I assumed he was just some stone faced, hard ass actor, in the…

The Lobster (2015)

I should have been a pair of ragged claws Scuttling across the floors of silent seas. T.S. Eliot The Lobster is basically an extended Monty Python skit blown up into a feature length movie. Initially amusing, it falls apart in the second half. While it benefits from Rachel Weisz’s narration, which somehow combines deadpan comic […]

Reading the Landscape: 49

Back in the 1950s, when planes taking off from Newark International Airport developed a bad habit of falling out of the sky onto downtown Elizabeth, NJ, there was talk of opening a new airport 20 miles west in Morris County. Environmentalists quickly mobilized, and not only blocked the project, but eventually managed to turn most […]