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CONNECTIONS: Baldwin’s in West Stockbridge marches on

The Civil War had created pent-up demand for goods, and there was Baldwin’s. Folks all over the North and South were glad to see the war ending and new businesses starting up.

The historical aesthetics of white

For those who have walked the streets of Athens, Rome or Palmyra — sadly destroyed by zealots — the impact of ancient ruins can raise other, more earthy and colorful questions these days.

LEONARD QUART: Some takes from isolation

There is a limit to how much of the dire news out there one can consume. So I read thrillers and screen forgettable films.

New ‘Little Women’ is visually beautiful, more sociologically accurate than previous adaptations

I have never wished I were a boy, but even as a child reading “Little Women” for the first time, I recognized why Jo said she was bitter about being born a girl.

Berkshire Hills responds to anti-Semitic threats at middle school

But as everyone agrees, any responses must be part of a larger community reckoning with societal problems that our schools reflect but do not create.

2019 Berkshire International Film Festival ‘the best year yet’

Great Barrington -- “This will be the best year yet,” Kelley Vickery, founder and artistic director of the Berkshire International Film Festival, stated during her...

Opening the Weedgates IV: A Whole Foods conversation about a Walmart issue

Human beings are inclined to assume that our own lived experience reflects that of everyone else’s. We—the people who write and think about pot and have enough money to open stores that sell it—are blind to the “other” in our midst.

Three women writers relish residency at The Mount

The three finalists were selected from a pool of over 130 applicants and have been in residence for two weeks this month.

Bits & Bytes: African-American Leadership Caucus; Hilton Als at Williams; Halloween at the Mount; Chief Wynn presentation

The focus of the African-American caucus is the reduction and eventual elimination of racial disparities in health, workforce, and education. The essential issues the meeting will address include the Berkshire experience for African-Americans.

Lulu ‘n’ Hershey

The crew at Lulu and Hershey's coffeeshop -- Cafe Perspectivo -- is featured on the cover of The New Yorker. And why not: They inhabit a cartoon.

Roz Chast at Norman Rockwell Museum: Human folly on display

Roz Chast’s uncompromising body of work brings wry humor and wit to some of our most profound everyday anxieties, brilliantly translating the mundane into rich, comical observations.

Letter from Paris

Although The Village and the Rive Gauche have been radically reinterpreted in the last quarter of a century, they are still beautiful beyond belief.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.