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Read in the Blue Line

The dark side of the Olympics

Those who’ve been around the Tri-Lakes long enough can remember the gilded moments of the 1980 Winter Olympics: The elegant opening ceremonies, more suited to their setting than today’s made-for-TV extravaganzas; speed skater Eric Heiden’s seemingly daily accumulation of gold medals; and ...

If mountains could speak …

“May the Mountain Speak to You: A Collection of Snapshots and Quotations” by Ken Marcinowski, Sr., is almost 50 pages of photographs of beautiful scenes throughout the Adirondack Mountains. The author, who lives in Ballston Spa, provides lots of quotations by various writers, poets, ...

A meditation on the Adirondack conundrum

Lorraine Duvall writes well about time and place. In her 2020 “Finding a Woman’s Place: The Story of a 1970s Feminist Commune,” she returned to an Adirondack effort by women who rejected America’s traditional patriarchal structure and created their own self-designed identity. The book ...

A fitting tribute to Saranac Lake

A new book by Skip Murray and Caperton Tissot serves as a very nice paean to the village of Saranac Lake, New York. “Saranac Lake: An Adirondack Portrait,” with its combination of poetry and photography, is clearly a labor of love. Promoted as a record of the community from 2017 through ...

A critical history of Adirondack histories

Still looking for a last-minute gift for that Adirondack history book fan? Following is a critique of some of what’s out there. Unless noted, they can be found either online or in local bookstores. Try a bookstore first — let’s support our communities’ booksellers. The earliest and ...

A true story of glamour and tragedy

Looking for a true story with the 1920s glamour and tragedy of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald? Check out “American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the ‘It’ Girl, and the Crime of the Century” by Paula Uruburu, current English Department Chair at Hofstra ...