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I Cover the Waterfront: On the Movies


April 26, 2018

If I walk at a brisk pace and have the right song playing on Spotify, I can get there in eight minutes. I take one left, one right, and cross the street. I go there when I am stressed and in need of a break, when I want to temporarily trade our world for a new one. I could only be talking about one place:...

I Cover the Waterfront: On TJ, JA and Guns

By WILL DIGRAVIO, Managing Editor

February 21, 2018

Isn’t it funny how often we tend to view historical figures in ways they most certainly would not have approved? I think about that a lot these days, since political leaders seem to grow more and more certain that they know the answers the Founding Fathers would provide to Wolf Blitzer and Rache...

I Cover the Waterfront: On Finding Bibles


November 15, 2017

In a class last week, I co-led a discussion on “Travesties,” Tom Stoppard’s play partly inspired by “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Being the studious student I am, I brought with me “The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde” in case I needed to reference his work and/or pretend to be more...

I Cover the Waterfront: On Joan Didion


November 1, 2017 I am embarrassed to admit that I had not heard of Joan Didion until May of this year, when Sue Halpern (the college’s favorite scholar-in-residence) gave me a copy of her essay collection, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.” As I made my way through Did...

I Cover the Waterfront: On the Alt-Weekly


October 11, 2017

Three weeks ago I touched on the importance of original reporting in this column, and argued that the blogosphere would never replace traditional media because the very existence of news relies on reporters immersing themselves in their respective beats. In that column, I mentioned newspapers like ...

I Cover the Waterfront: On Original Reporting


September 20, 2017

There’s this scene in “Page One: Inside The New York Times,” a 2011 documentary film about the paper of record, that I can’t stop thinking about. It features David Carr, The Times’ media columnist who became the paper's de facto spokesman before his death in 2015. In the scene, Carr debates ...

I Cover the Waterfront: On This Column


September 14, 2017

Take a course with John Bertolini, and you will undoubtedly encounter the T. S. Eliot phrase, “mature poets steal.” Though I am certainly not a poet, and hardly mature, I had Eliot’s observation on my mind when I chose the title of this (hopefully) weekly column. I spent the summer trying to th...

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