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climate change and more in the hudson valley

I love the Hudson Valley, NY. Always have, always will. It is where I come from, and I am deeply connected to it.

The Hudson Valley, like the rest the country and the world, is already experiencing the effects of climate change. Read about the experiences of Hudson Valley farmers in The River.

For more on the Hudson Valley, listen to our conversation on end talk with fellow Hudson Valley native and writer Rob Rubsam, covering the region’s connection to NYC, the role of gentrification here especially during COVID, and more.

Buttermilk “Biscones” with Chocolate Chunks

This recipe is adapted from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. They are called biscones (bis-cones) because they are part biscuit, part scone! Perfect combination. Perfect amount of sweetness – sweeter than a regular biscuit, but not overly sweet (still biscuit-y). I made this recipe more than once recently, and what follows includes the improvements I made on my technique for my final batch. And, I used DIY methods to substitute buttermilk and cake flour, so you can probably make this with what you have at home. (Recipe uses dairy butter and milk.) 

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The Twilight Zone

Perhaps The Twilight Zone epitomizes a (potential) world where—things are not what they seem; there isn’t an intrinsic morality in the universe that protects the weak and rewards the good—sometimes both are the subjects of tragedy; there isn’t a measured, linear nature to time and space, which we can quantify and control. Perhaps the series suggests, above all, that there are things—out there, here—that we cannot explain, but are nevertheless real….

Read this essay in full in the most recent issue of end talk and subscribe (it’s free)!

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end talk: weekending in a (long) emergency

In the most recent episode of end talk we discuss gentrification, particularly in the context of COVID-19, community, and the projection of fantasy in the Hudson Valley with writer, Rob Rubsam. NYers, Hudson Valley folks, and anyone interested in these topics, I highly recommend listening.

Read Rob’s nuanced piece in The Baffler (published last April) here.

Listen to our episode here or search for it in any podcast app.

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“women are powerful and dangerous.” (audre lorde)

Four years ago today, women’s march and Bernie Sanders address in Montpelier, VT.

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end talk – issue 5

Juicy new issue of end talk available now!

In this issue, we discuss the material—with a regular round-up of updates on climate breakdown—and the immaterial—through the work of authors Daniel Pinchbeck, who recently came onto the podcast, and Mitch Horowitz, as well as a Trillbilly Worker’s Party podcast recommendation, a brief reflection on five years without the inimitable David Bowie, and a delve into the mind-bending Twilight Zone. Check it out! The boundaries of reality and consciousness are not what they seem!

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moon cookies

Happy solstice, new year, hanukkah, christmas, three kings’ day, and all the holidays…



between the sun and the moon
who governs me?
see the planets
red blue and green yellow