Jumping the Velvet Rope

Jumping the Velvet Rope

Photo by Ed Kosmicki.

Photo by Ed Kosmicki.

I have been starstruck as a journalist only once.

Working as a reporter in Aspen gives even rookies a chance to brush up against A-listers they probably wouldn’t run into as cub reporters in Poughkeepsie. I interviewed politicians I admired (and those I didn’t), writers whose work inspired—and inspires me—and a handful of celebrities, I guess, but not as many as you might think.

The only time I felt like a silly teenager in the presence of the person on the other end of my notebook was the time I interviewed Robin Williams. (more…)

Baseball with Mister Way

Baseball with Mister Way

THE RUMPUS

The boys were raised in little wooden houses with palm frond roofs, some of them, and floors of dirt or concrete, lit by oil lanterns. The electric lights that glittered on the sequins of nightclub dancers in Havana didn’t reach the poor here, eight miles to the southeast, in the village of San Francisco de Paula.

Old men now, in their eighties, they look back on a time 75 years ago when a legend even while he lived enchanted their childhood (more…)

A Paradise Going to Hell — Thanks to Global Warming

A Paradise Going to Hell — Thanks to Global Warming

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THE HUFFINGTON POST

Just past Johnny Depp’s private island in the Caribbean sits Lee Stocking Island, a little piece of paradise that’s going to hell.

The coral reefs that surround it are some of the healthiest in the Atlantic. And they’re dying. They’re dying in so many different ways, from so many different causes, it’s hard to imagine how they could survive, and without them, what the oceans might look like. (more…)