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BCC Moves Forward with Artificial Turf Field Despite Health Risks 

by Seth Rogovoy PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle reports that proponents of an artificial turf field at Berkshire Community College say the project, after clearing all regulatory hurdles last year, will finally break ground in May. It will be the first publicly available turf field in Berkshire County, and will be made largely of…

My 2017 Reading List

by Seth Rogovoy Herein follows an annotated list of the books I read in 2017. Not a Top 10 list, not limited to books published this past year, not even a list of recommended books (although it should be clear in most cases which books I do recommend). I’ve put an asterisk (or two) before…

Don’t Mock Jared Kushner for Identifying as a Woman

JARED KUSHNER was the subject of much mockery in the media yesterday, due to the discovery that he checked the box that says “female“ on her voter registration form. I say if Kushner wants to identify as a woman, then all power to her, and we should respect her wishes.            

Proposed Berkshire Innovation Center Lacks Raison d’Etre

THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD has earmarked $1 million from the GE Economic Development Fund to jump start the stalled construction of the proposed Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), according to iBerkshires. The 10-year-old project, which is purportedly going to be something between a business incubator and a research and development center, is proposed as a 20,000 square-foot facility at the…

Random Notes and Favorite Quotes from Bob Dylan’s New Q&A

by Seth Rogovoy Among Bob Dylan’s many talents besides his widely-acclaimed, Nobel Prize-winning songwriting is doing interviews and, back in the 1960s when artists did them as a matter of course, holding press conferences. Dylan has always used the interview format as a means of personal expression in no less a creative and formalistic way…

An Agenda for the Day After

by Seth Rogovoy Assuming there is a decisive victor in Tuesday’s presidential election – but regardless of who that victor is – this is what must happen on Wednesday, the day after, in order to restore democracy and the rule of law in our political system: FBI director James Comey must do the honorable thing…

Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash

by Seth Rogovoy This article was originally published in Hadassah Magazine in the April/May 2015 issue. Subsequently, I was awarded a 2016 Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association for excellence in arts and criticism for this piece.   ARTIST OF THE YEAR, songwriter of the year, and “fan choice” of the year. Katy Perry?…