Book Review: Back Lash

Apr 26, 2016

“Back Lash,” Chris Knopf’s new thriller, is nicely named because the protagonist-hero, Sam Acquillo, gets hit with a strong backward force that propels him into the past. Sam’s a cabinet maker in the Hamptons, but he used to be the head of an international research and development tech firm, and a professional boxer, whose winnings put him through MIT. Before that he was a kid living in the Bronx. Sam knows a lot about cars so another meaning of the title “Back Lash” applies — the jarring play between adjacent movable parts as in a series of gears.

Book Review: Do Not Find Me

Apr 18, 2016


The United States is often portrayed as a very religious nation, and perhaps with good reason: two-thirds of Americans say they believe in God. But an increasing number of Americans say they’re atheists.

According to the Pew Research Center, 3.1 percent of American adults say they are atheists when asked about their religious identity, up from 1.6 percent in a similarly large survey in 2007. The movement is bouyed by high-profile figures like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens — people who have described religion not merely as wrong, but as a force for evil.

Rhonda Miller

For more than 40 years, Zuckermann Harpsichords International has operated in the seaside village of Stonington in southeastern Connecticut. It’s a small business that restores vintage harpsichords and builds new ones.

The keyboard instrument played a vital role in the development of Baroque music between the 16th and 18th centuries. But the musicians and craftspeople at Zuckermann's want to bring the harpsichord into the 21st century.

A Talk with TV Iconoclast Norman Lear

Oct 14, 2014
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Connecticut native Norman Lear changed the face of TV. And he did it in part by changing the faces on TV.

On his groundbreaking sitcoms, he brought us the bigoted Archie Bunker of All in the Family, a brash feminist in Maude, the upwardly mobile African-American The Jeffersons, and the struggling Black family in the projects of Good Times—and that’s just to name a very few.