Category | Xtras

Gutai at the Guggenheim

Posted on 05 April 2013

Helen A. Harrison   Geographically, Ashiya, Japan is a long way from East Hampton, New York — roughly 10,000 miles — but artistically those two towns are closer than you might imagine. The connection is the feeling of kinship with Jackson Pollock that was felt by members of the Gutai Art Association, established in Ashiya [...]

Candy Makes Us Happier

Posted on 29 March 2013

When I shop for seasonal ingredients in a month or two, I’ll be looking for spring onions and early asparagus at Falkowski’s or Betty and Dale’s. This week, however, I browsed the candy aisles at the Variety Store and the IGA. The Peeps and chocolate eggs had arrived and I couldn’t have been more excited if I [...]

Hostess’ Bill of Rights

Posted on 22 March 2013

By Anetta Nowosielska I’m about to do you a solid here; a favor so huge that this very article may find itself transformed into an illuminated fixture permanently glued to your refrigerator or some other kitchen appliance. Like many, I often play hostess to friends longing for a Hamptons retreat. At times it appears that [...]

All Roses Are Not Equal

Posted on 15 March 2013

  There is something almost subversive about writing about roses as it snows that makes me want to do it. I’m not a rosarian in any sense of the word, however … I’ve never been known to pass up a rose. I think they’re all fabulous. What I don’t really love is how difficult it [...]

An Armory Show Homage to Duchamp

Posted on 08 March 2013

by Helen Harrison A hundred years ago today, New Yorkers were flocking to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue to gawk, giggle and gasp at the International Exhibition of Modern Art. Of the roughly 1,300 works by more than 300 European and American artists, one painting seemed to epitomize all that was aberrant in [...]

Hot Apples

Posted on 01 March 2013

You have to love a town where muffin tins, rolling pins, and pizza stones can be found right on Main Street. Need a springform pan on the spur of the moment? Check the bottom left-hand shelf of aisle 1 at the Variety Store. One-cup soufflé dishes? Emporium Hardware, third aisle on the right. Late on [...]

Getting Lost in the Keys

Posted on 22 February 2013

By Anetta Nowosielska I recently overheard a chat at The Living Room at The Maidstone between two couples about their favorite places to visit during winter. There was talk about skiing in Aspen and sunbathing in St. Barth’s, but what piqued my interest was the mention of a tiny place I know well. “One of [...]

This Weather is for the Birds

Posted on 15 February 2013

As Nemo emptied the skies and filled my world with white, I watched in amazement as my bird feeders got emptied twice a day. Could it be that I’m the only person in the neighborhood with feeders up, or does my mixture of cracked peanuts and hulled sunflower seeds really rate just that much better [...]

Abstraction Redefined at MoMA

Posted on 08 February 2013

Helen A. Harrison   The premise of “Inventing Abstraction,” the current blockbuster survey at the Museum of Modern Art through April 15, is that “traditional art was wholly reinvented” in the early twentieth century. While I question the logic of that argument, since the Western art tradition was basically thrown under the bus, the exhibition [...]

Chocolate and Beer

Posted on 01 February 2013

Late January isn’t the most inspiring time to cook with local ingredients. Sure, I have a few Bridgehampton potatoes left in the cellar, and there is always the possibility of scoring some Peconic Bay scallops, although this year’s harvest has been spotty. But recently my meals have been missing that special Long Island something that [...]