W.E.B. DuBois traveled the world in his lifetime. He helped to shape ideals of independence in Africa and freedom and democracy in America. And I have begun to get to know him in the Berkshires, where he was born.Read article
Charles Neville was playing New Orleans jazz on Edith Wharton’s terrace. It was a summer night, and his saxophone lifted its voice while children run on the grass.
He lived here, not far from her garden, where contemporary poets read their work. In the Berkshires, many people and communities make one, like streams and springs running across the slopes into to the Housatonic.
People live and build and transform. Spoken word poets, bhangra dancers on a college stage, a young theater company singing Fun Home in a tavern — people celebrate who they are. And the community comes together to honor them.