A View from Hudson

Last weekend, I traveled to the Hudson River Valley to begin production on a short film documentary. The view of the Hudson River from the train never fails to thrill and inspire me. This waterway and region holds such a mythic space in American arts and letters. In a small way, this film project initiated me into this rich heritage.

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A Different Spread

Since the early days of the ongoing pandemic, various news outlets have published stories chronicling affluent New York City residents fleeing the metropolis for more spacious and isolated homes in rural hamlets in the Empire State or other regions of the country.  Continue reading

The Fisherman: Hudson Valley Horror

Last October, I read a survey of recently published horror fiction in the New York Times. The newspaper’s critic favorably reviewed The Fisherman by John Langan. After adding the title to my ever-expanding reading list, I promptly forgot about it until the university Interlibrary Loan Department delivered it to my office a few weeks ago. (To those who frequent libraries, remember that your local library can find almost any book through this service.)

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Washington Irving’s Sunnyside

My main summer goal is taking more advantage of the cultural and recreational offerings in Jersey City and the New York City region. After writing my post on Washington Irving’s relationship with Jersey City, I decided to visit Irving’s estate, Sunnyside, a National Historic Landmark in Irvington, New York.

Sunnyside, former home of Washington Irving. Another visitor can't help but snap a few photographs of her own.  (Photograph by author)
Sunnyside, the former home of Washington Irving. Notice that the Hudson River lies within throwing distance of the abode
(Photograph by author).

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