Bill Kauffman

An introduction to presidential grave-hunting

16 February 2024 4:15 am

Where better to talk about dead presidents than over beer and wings at Jim’s Saloon in East Pembroke, New York,…

Remembering George Eastman

23 January 2024 8:45 pm

George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak and benefactor of Rochester, New York, told my late friend Henry Clune (1890-1995 —…

Remembering John Gardner

21 December 2023 10:00 am

“Art begins in a wound, an imperfection,” said the late novelist John Gardner, one of the last American writers to…

Roque is alive and well in Angelica, New York

26 September 2023 11:02 am

Goose-pulling is dead and gone, and lawn darts are on life support, but roque is alive and well and avoiding…

Summering in Scranton

25 August 2023 12:50 am

Our big adventure this summer was supposed to be a trip to the Capri for a young friend’s wedding, but…

Rage against the baseball machine

22 July 2023 8:06 pm

In a lifetime of attending perhaps a thousand professional baseball games, all but ten or so in the minor leagues…

How the NCAA twisted women’s sports

23 June 2023 12:01 am

This has been a banner, or perhaps baneful, year for women’s intercollegiate sports, what with trash-talking basketballers, record TV ratings…

Michael Cimino’s gift to cinema

30 May 2023 10:55 pm

In the spring of 1981, I committed what the entertainment press of that day regarded as an act of self-abuse:…

Ernest Hemingway’s Idaho playground

27 March 2023 5:16 am

In Ketchum, Idaho, heart of the skiing mecca of Sun Valley, my wife and I found ourselves on Picabo Street…

Looking homeward

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

 Batavia, New York The presidential campaign just ended was mercifully lacking in the ghostwritten platitudes with which Franklin D. Roosevelt,…