Mike Fink
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Jacob Lawrence painted and illustrated the great migration of the African-American population, from south of the Mason-Dixon line northward and eastward, in a noted series currently on … more
“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends.” – Shakespeare.   I had been trying for years to cross paths with the “divine .”  Well, destiny recently brought me pretty close to that dream.   I had a cup of coffee with her great-niece at a Swedish café in Providence.  more
It ain’t easy being a liberal arts teacher at a design school. What you try to convey is an introduction to cultural concerns, or perhaps an invitation to use critical and appreciative … more
It used to be that documentaries didn’t draw crowds to cinemas, but that’s changed. Now they’re often the best surprises of the year.    This past year, I … more
One of the pleasures of passing beyond the security of the middle years allotted to us is giving full voice to your petty grievances with hopes that they will be listened to, respected, even … more
Boys of my generation pretty much stayed put. We invented the idea of “staycation,” if not the word itself. Tires and gas were rationed, and even train travel was reserved for … more
I guess this year I’m going to claim Sukkot as my favorite holiday.  We didn’t observe it when I was a boy, but when my own children were growing up, I rediscovered this … more
I’d been planning this project for many a season – a poetic pilgrimage, a mission impossible – to visit the graves of two heroic Scandinavian figures who left no legacy in ash … more
It’s midsummer and the dog days are upon us. A nice air-conditioned cinema showing an excellent documentary can make that heat much more bearable.  “Won’t You Be My … more
The numbers on our street don’t make obvious sense: our house hides in plain view. When those trucks bearing cartons have a delivery for number 12, the drivers give up in despair and … more
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