Here’s what our writers have been thinking about this week.
Luke Stoddard Nathan @lukestdnathan
Even though I grew up in New Jersey, or perhaps because I grew up there, I never got around to watching The Sopranos. I am still on Season 1, so please do not inundate me with spoilers, though I’ve already learned, via being alive, that lots of people found the ending disappointing. So far I’m not even sick of the title sequence (the song is “Woke Up This Morning” by Alabama 3), with its evocative views of the NJ Turnpike. Next is The Wire, perhaps…
Katie Cusack @katiecusackk
Not that there isn’t a plethora of events and things to do in and around the Capital Region but I’m guilty of getting stir-crazy and sometimes it helps to get the hell outta dodge. The Adirondacks is a good baby step–the region offers the perfect hiking spots and Hearthstone campground reigns supreme. I’ve been making plans to check out Philly and visit old friends and the drive isn’t half bad. (P.S. A ton of Albany’s musicians are setting new roots there, what’s good?) Acadia, Maine isn’t exactly a weekender trip but it’s more than worth it for the sights and (lack of) sounds, just the waves lapping up on the rocks. Montreal is on my hit list as well, it’s pretty much a straight shot north to hop off American soil and take a breather.
David Howard King @davidhowardking
“Rasputin: Faith Power and the Twilight of the Romanov’s” by Douglas Smith
The story of Rasputin has captivated by since high school (thanks Mr. Zabinski). The idea that one man had so much influence on Romanov’s and played into the demise of monarchist rule was simply overwhelming. His grisly murder and various rumors that surrounded him made the tale all the more haunting. Smith uses newly-discovered historical records to set straight some of the fantastic rumors about Rasputin. But as much as the book is about the truth it is also about the untrue–the propaganda and the political motivation behind building up Rasputin to be such a gargantuan figure in this momentous period in Russian history.