The View from the Wharf: Creative Provincetown

The View from the Wharf: Creative Provincetown

I’m the first to admit it: I’m deplorable at titles. It’s something of a handicap for a writer, certainly for one who does a fair amount of marketing writing in order to pay the rent. Others come up with pithy and clever taglines, titles, and headlines, and when they...
The View From The Wharf: The Ptown Colony in Winter

The View From The Wharf: The Ptown Colony in Winter

Provincetown, as we keep telling people, is the oldest continuously operating art colony in North America. This is where plein-air painting really took off. This is where mudheads and white-line printing came to life. This is where people like Henry Hensche and Hans...
The View From The Wharf: Is Provincetown Ready?

The View From The Wharf: Is Provincetown Ready?

There’s a phrase that originated with Navy SEALS: embrace the suck. It’s the practice of moving toward, rather than away from, situations and thoughts that make you uncomfortable. The concept is those situations are always going to be part of life, and we make them...
The View From The Wharf: Chaos Leads to Hope in Ptown

The View From The Wharf: Chaos Leads to Hope in Ptown

It’s been quite a week here in Provincetown, and that makes it difficult to know what to write about! We’ve had the annual Re-Rooters ceremony, the death of a community icon, and flooding, flooding, flooding… And hard to see what they might all have in common. For...
The View From the Wharf: A Perspective on CVS and More

The View From the Wharf: A Perspective on CVS and More

No: this isn’t a new rehashing of whether we think a CVS store fits in with our notion of Ptown as a quaint seaside village. It’s not an argument for or against the utility of brands and one-stop-shopping and convenience. This editorial is about survival. Because the...
The View From The Wharf: But The Fire Is So Delightful!

The View From The Wharf: But The Fire Is So Delightful!

The weather outside might not be frightful exactly, as the song says, but it’s certainly winter (we all wondered about that, whether it would even happen this year!). We’ve had a lovely Holly Folly, the soup kitchen is up and running, the Canteen’s Holiday Market is...
The View From the Wharf: How Do You Start Your Day?

The View From the Wharf: How Do You Start Your Day?

If you follow me on Facebook, then you know I’ve not been feeling wonderful lately about life in these United States. Every morning I get up and read the New York Times and the Guardian and Esquire and therefore pretty much start every day angry, with no place for the...
The View From The Wharf: Whither Arts & Culture in Ptown?

The View From The Wharf: Whither Arts & Culture in Ptown?

A significant part of Provincetown’s identity as an arts colony is its literary tradition—and, more specifically, its theatre. The Provincetown Players, a mixed group of writers, playwrights, actors, and artists—and the first truly American theatre company—in 1915...
The View From The Wharf: A Fading Heritage

The View From The Wharf: A Fading Heritage

“It used to be real wild around here. Fishermen had bars to celebrate in and small grocery stores where you could buy supplies on credit. That’s all gone now. Now it’s all regulated and full of tourists. Fishermen don’t matter that much anymore.” Fishing...
The View From the Wharf: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!

The View From the Wharf: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!

Well, yes, now that you mention it, I do miss David Bowie. Rather a lot. But this week it’s some other changes that I have in mind: time change, and climate change. And I’m feeling pretty negative about both of them. I was honored to officiate at a beautiful wedding...
Whose Place is Provincetown, Anyway?

Whose Place is Provincetown, Anyway?

For anyone who hasn’t yet heard me do my spiel, I’ve embarked on a series of murder mysteries that take place during Provincetown’s theme weeks. 2017 saw Death of a Bear and Murder at Fantasia Fair; next year will be The Deadliest Blessing (Portuguese Festival) and an...
The View From the Wharf: Being Sam Seaborn

The View From the Wharf: Being Sam Seaborn

If you got the allusion, then you’re definitely one of my people! Aaron Sorkin is, by and large, a god, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the thoughts and fluency he gave his West Wing characters—especially speechwriter Sam Seaborn. For years now, Sam Seaborn...
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