November finds us in the thick of autumn, well on our way to the cold months of winter. In the northeast, winter is what you make of it. There are those who refuse to dress for the weather, complain about the chill, and wallow indoors, getting increasingly stir-crazy and miserable. Then there are those who find the beauty in these intimate, interior months. They read great literature, watch classic films, exercise, cook, and eat healthy. Bundled in parkas, they enjoy the brisk winds that seem to turn the skin porcelain smooth. November is a time of choice. Not only do we elect new officials in midterm elections, we also define the path we plan to take through the winter ahead.
From great adventures in the mountains of Crete, chronicled by English travel writer and war hero Patrick Leigh Fermor, to a new film examining the life and work of Dieter Rams, to the first album by Sweden’s Robyn in eight years, there’s plenty to keep us warm and culturally engaged in this month’s edition of Miscellaneous, Athletics’ no-frills round-up of the cultural items that inspire us each month.
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“In time and measure perfect moves
All Art whose aim is sure;
Evolving rhyme and stars divine
Have rules, and they endure.”
— Herman Melville, from “Dupont’s Round Fight” (1861)
Header image: “Autumn Landscape,” Charles Ethan Porter (1890-91)