Hurricane Diane

Hurricane Diane

Hurricane Diane I loved this fast-moving and delightful comedy, performed entirely by women/gender-neutral actors. The actors, especially Rami Magron, who played Diane/Dionysus, commanded my attention from the moment she stepped onto the stage. She was truly a force...
Farro, Lime, and Basil

Farro, Lime, and Basil

Farro, Lime, and Basil  A recipe for halloumi, corn, basil, tomatoes, and lime caught my eye, but I didn’t have any halloumi. But I had farro and chick peas as well as fresh basil, corn, cherry tomatoes, and a lime, so I air-fried the chick peas (after tossing...
Maxine Kumin: Prolific Poet, Feisty Feminist

Maxine Kumin: Prolific Poet, Feisty Feminist

Maxine Kumin: Prolific Poet, Feisty Feminist Maxine Kumin (1925–2014) seems to be little known today, but she won major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and many honorary degrees. Kumin served as poetry consultant to the Library of...
Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods

I finally got around to watching Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and I was deeply impressed. While a part of me questioned the whole digging up the gold story (echoes of Treasure of the Sierra Madre?), the way the film interpolated elements of African-American history (so...
The Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center A trip to Amherst, Mass., allowed us to visit the Yiddish Book Center this afternoon. I remember seeing signs for this place when I lived in Amherst in the early 1980s. My impression was that it was then nothing more than an old barn filled...