Author Archives: Fenster

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.

The Joys and Miseries of Kitchen Renovation

Fenster writes: Mostly miseries.  Six weeks of displacement.  The old kitchen was crammed full of food and gadgets, now taking up space in the living room.  Dining room is a staging area and we are spending most of the time … Continue reading

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The Gezornenplatz House

Fenster writes: German architect Reinhold Weichlbauer practices freestyle planning, which is based on the idea that, in the words of an HGTV segment profiling one of his houses, “windows and doors are only placed at certain places in the house … Continue reading

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The Shock of the Old, when New

Fenster writes: I am second generation German and third generation Swedish but I grew up in New England in the Fifties and Sixties so it was inevitable that I would have a third identity, just below the level of the … Continue reading

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More on Triggers

Fenster writes: I wrote about campus trigger warnings here.  The subject has staying power, fascinatin’ some, amusing others, outraging even more and bringing out the inner hero in all too many. There’s that article in The Atlantic by psychologist Jonathan … Continue reading

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Notes on “Olive Kitteredge”, and Yankee New England

Fenster writes: Olive Kitteredge is a one-off HBO mini-series, four installments and over and done.  No fuss no bothuh, about which moah below. It is adapted from the book of the same name by Elizabeth Strout which I have not … Continue reading

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Monologue o’ th’ Day

Fenster writes: Not quite a monologue.  Harold Pinter gives Patricia Hodge a few short lines in the midst of Ben Kingsley’s grilling in Betrayal.  Starts around 2’25” but the lead in worth seeing for context.

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Reflection of the Day

Fenster writes: Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn reflect on My Dinner with Andre. Both of you have said that the characters in My Dinner With Andre are not, in fact, you. But how much of you is in those characters? AG: … Continue reading

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