Williamstown

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…

Dance Dhamaka — South Asian fusion at ’62 Center

The dancers are holding candles, one in each hand. They cup their hands, so the flames seem to ride on their palms. They hold out their arms and extend them overhead, spinning. The candles are called diya, and families light them at home at the Hindu festival of Diwali to bring a small flame into…

150 years of Woodblock images

I spent a sleeting winter afternoon walking through Japanese Impressions at the Clark Art Institute. Here’s a glimpse of colors, subjects and styles in these woodblock prints as they change over time. You can find the full feature story here, and my thoughts here, on these artists across a century and a half.