Northern Berkshires

Building 6 resounds on opening day

On Sunday, on opening day, I walked through sunlit halls and wide open gallery spaces in Mass MoCA’s new Building 6, taking a look at the new exhibits, from Robert Rauschenberg to Louise Bourgeois. In Gunnar Schonbeck’s No Experience Necessesary a whole family was coordinating to bang four clangers at once. In Thumbs Up for the Mothership,…

Reading for Pleasure — Love stories at Williams

People are dancing bhangra and moonwalking in the living room and eating soup in the kitchen. The best man is trying on a grey silk sherwani, a long coat as close-fitting as the wool jackets college students are wearing at the university where his aunt teaches. Bollywood star Ria Parkar comes back to Chicago for her…

BTW Poets come together in the city at night

The great poets Langston Hughes and Xavier Villaurrutia meet in Depression-era New York. Oh, this I want to read. It’s a short story in John Keene’s new collection, “Counternarratives.” And I might have a chance to hear it aloud next week. Keene is a writer, translator and editor, and he will come to Williams next…

Are You Really My Friend? Tanja Hollander connects

In 2010, on New Years Eve, Tanja Hollander was at home alone. She was sending a Facebook message to a friend working on a film in Jakarta and writing a letter in pencil to a friend deployed in Afghanistan. She began thinking about the group of people who made up her 626 Facebook friends. And she…