Book review: ‘A War of Frontier and Empire’

First published: Sunday, October 7, 2007, in the Albany Times Union As President Bush tries to shape his legacy in regards to the Iraq war, he should pick up David Silbey’s engaging history “A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902” (Hill and Wang; 272 pages; $26). Though both were wars of choice,Continue reading “Book review: ‘A War of Frontier and Empire’”

Mike Jarboe, in memoriam; or, snapshots of a newspaperman

I am still in disbelief that Mike Jarboe is gone. I am so glad to have read so many stories about him and tributes to him, and that his family knows how many people he has touched and how deeply. Everyone who’s ever met Mike Jarboe has a Mike Jarboe story. Here are some ofContinue reading “Mike Jarboe, in memoriam; or, snapshots of a newspaperman”

Recent press: Times Union on my Pushcart nomination

If you read my announcement on this blog last week, then you already know this news. But it caught the attention of the good people at the Albany Times Union, including current arts editor Gary Hahn. He worked his magic and one of the newest hires to the TU, Sara Tracey, was kind enough toContinue reading “Recent press: Times Union on my Pushcart nomination”

Big Picture: Writers worth seeing this spring

The New York State Writers Institute recently released its spring schedule, but in thinking about writers coming to the region this spring, my first thought goes to Darin Strauss. His books include the memoir “Half of Life” (2010), in which he recounts how he killed a classmate in a car accident and its aftermath, whichContinue reading “Big Picture: Writers worth seeing this spring”

Big Picture: Notes on how to be a critic

Happy New Year! 2012 looks to be an exciting year in arts and entertainment for the Capital Region, with events such as the Broadway musical “Memphis” in April at Proctors in Schenectady, Roger Waters “The Wall” in June at Times Union Center in Albany, the release sometime in late summer or fall of the filmed-in-Schenectady “TheContinue reading “Big Picture: Notes on how to be a critic”

Big Picture: Chance to share stories truly a gift

As the year winds down, I and the arts and entertainment team at the Times Union have been looking back on the highlights of 2011. The thought exercise offers a reminder that the greater Capital Region offers a wonderful breadth and depth of cultural opportunities in dance, classical music, opera, literature, theater, visual arts, jazzContinue reading “Big Picture: Chance to share stories truly a gift”