Mount Vernon, North Carolina: Part One

The European settlement of North Carolina’s piedmont took place primarily in the mid-eighteenth century, when Scotch-Irish and German migrants, travelling south from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and other points north, passed through the Shenandoah River Valley of Virginia and entered the wide, thinly-settled region of North Carolina that lay between the seemingly inhospitable mountains to the west […]

East 61st Street, New York City

A new installation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City reprises the first one-man photography exhibition MoMA ever mounted: “American Photographs” by Walker Evans, which opened seventy-five years ago, in 1938.  More than fifty of the original one hundred prints by Evans are included in the new show, which runs through January, 2014. […]

Audubon Road

I first saw Audubon Road in the spring of 2012.  That May, I took my bike out of the kitchen, where it had leaned against a wall since the previous fall, and began riding daily.  That wasn’t unusual: I had biked with some frequency since moving to Northampton in 2006; but my riding had always […]

Going Nowhere

Here’s a completely pointless movie I made from video shot for my last blog post but never used.  It’s a minute and a half of bike riding in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, with a banjo soundtrack.  Enjoy!

The Way to Williamsburg

Our nation’s love affair with the car continues to wane.   As the New York Times reported recently, “Americans are buying fewer cars, driving less and getting fewer licenses as each year goes by.”  This decrease in “automobility” is especially striking for young Americans, who are clearly less smitten with the car than their parents were […]