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Pulitzer Prize poet Gregory Pardlo.
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31 July 2014
Cold Spring Diary: Vanishing Wildflowers; Quality v. Quantity

A black swallowtail butterfly at Maya Lin’s “Storm King Wavefield”; Lewis Mumford’s essay, “Quality in the Control of Quantity,” in Natural Resources: Quality and Quantity; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Der Zauberlehrling”; Dragon Langerie beans.

12 June 2014
Cold Spring Diary: Twice-Burned Books; a Burned Barn

John Lindmark’s bookstore in Poughkeepsie; Hidden History of the Lower Hudson Valley by Carney and Tatiana Rhinevault; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; A Short History of the Shadow by Charles Wright.

18 May 2014
Cold Spring Diary: Riverside Rails

Metro North along the Hudson; Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”; Jorge Luis Borges’s “El libro de arena” (“The Book of Sand”).

4 May 2014
Cold Spring Diary: Arsenal & Garden

Pollepel Island; Thom Johnson’s and Barbara H. Gottlock’s Bannerman Castle; Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; H.C. Engelbrecht’s and F.C. Henighen’s Merchants of Death: A Study of the International Arms Industry; George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara; Matthew Coolidge’s Up River: Man-Made Sites of Interest on the Hudson from the Battery to Troy; Shaun O’Boyle’s Modern Ruins: Portraits of Place in the Mid-Atlantic Region; Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.

29 April 2014
Cold Spring Diary: Spring Arrives; the Bear Mountain Bridge; an Impractical Person

Spring in the Valley; the Bear Mountain Bridge; Princess Shikishi’s “Spring”; Benton MacKaye’s The New Exploration; Tony Hiss’s The Experience of Place; Larry Anderson’s Benton MacKaye.

26 April 2014
Cold Spring Diary: Invasive Species, World’s End

Invasive species; T.C. Boyle’s World’s End (the Hudson’s deepest point); Edwin Manning Ruttenber’s History of the Indian Tribes of Hudson’s River; Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias”; Water Caltrops.