East End Beacon

The Dark Side of Beauty in David Kozatch’s “Off the East End”

by Kara Westerman In 2008, a strange photograph appeared in the local papers. A frightening creature had washed ashore in Montauk that looked like it came from the shadows of our collective psyche — slimy


Moby-Dick comes to Sag Harbor this weekend.

Call Them Ishmael: Sag Harbor Readers Embark on Moby Dick Marathon

The Sag Harbor Moby Dick Marathon kicks off this morning at 11 a.m. at Canio’s Books, continuing throughout the weekend at cultural venues throughout the village, with readings by news folks, authors and community


Billy Hands & David Berson have a poetry treat in store next Friday in Greenport.

Taking Poetry Down From Its Ivory Tower

If you’ve ever wished you were able to sit in on a poetry reading at Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights bookstore in San Francisco circa 1957, the age of the beatniks, a time when poetry


Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan

East End Poet Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan Named Long Island Poet of the Year

North Sea Poetry Scene founder and longtime poetry advocate Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, a former Suffolk County Poet Laureate, has been named the Long Island Poet of the Year by the Walt Whitman Birthplace. She will receive


James Joyce

Bloomsday Comes to Sag Harbor (For Real)

Three years ago, when I first heard Canio’s Books put out a bit of buzz looking for fellow Joyceans to celebrate Bloomsday in Sag Harbor, the entire notion seemed to me like an impossible


By the dock, Greenport

Bookshelf: “Village of Immigrants” Tells Greenport’s Universal Story

Like many bustling port cities on the edges of American seas, Greenport has always had a special relationship with the immigrants who sought safety on its shores, and the recent influx of Latino residents


Lorraine Dusky and her daughter, Jane, at Rockafeller Center

Sag Harbor’s Lorraine Dusky on Her Lifelong Quest for Adoption Reform

When Sag Harbor journalist Lorraine Dusky gave her daughter up for adoption in 1966, she regretted the decision immediately. But she had little idea at the time that the experience would be the genesis


Rose Nigro Big Duck

Big Duck Provides Big Tale on the Power of Civic Engagement

The people of Flanders are a feisty bunch, and there’s nothing they love better than The Big Duck, the giant roadside former duck farm stand that pays tribute to the halcyon days of an iconic


Christopher Bollen's novel, "Orient," takes place almost entirely within view of Bug Light.

Book Review: Disoriented at the Island’s Far East End

It’s always difficult to read a book about a place you know well without second guessing the book’s author, looking for narrative bumps or subtle hints that the writer just doesn’t get his or


Poet Lucas Hunt at East End Arts' "A Long Island Love Story" poetry reading Feb. 7.

They Did It for Love: The Day Poets Took Over the East End Arts Carriage House

It isn’t every day that poets gather, clutching paper-clipped manuscripts and well-thumbed chapbooks, on the grounds of East End Arts in Riverhead. But the arts school’s new Education Director, Diane Giardi, a painter, has a


Phil Burns

Retired FDNY Deputy Chief Phil Burns is Southold Library’s First Writer in Residence

When Southold resident Phil Burns first got the bug to become a firefighter as a young man in New York in the early 1960s, firemen didn’t wear air masks, and their turnout gear consisted


Scott Chaskey at work on Quail Hill

Farming in a Seed’s Own Time

The debate over genetically modified food in the past year has taken on a kind of hysteria, laced with photographs of tomatoes with piranha-like teeth and catch phrases that attempt to simplify what is


Chasing Nabokov in Amagansett

Kara Westerman considers herself a Vladimir Nabokov stalker. Ms. Westerman, an East Hampton writer, memoir instructor and editor, has loved reading the work of the controversial postmodern novelist, best known for his obsessive 1955 novel


The Bulova Watchcase Factory condominium project in Sag Harbor this summer.

Sag Harbor’s watchworks is the star of a new novella

When writer Erica-Lynn Huberty was a child growing up in Westhampton in the 1970s, she often visited Sag Harbor, which was then a run-down working-class town that had just lost a major employer: The


Kerry Heaney with son Tim

New book delves into lives of Greenport’s waterfront workers

Most people in Greenport know Dave Berson as the skipper of the electric boat Glory, but even before he began taking people out on Greenport’s waterways, he was an editor for sailing magazines who


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