Island Cup Tackles More Than Game
Ivy Ashe
When Charles McGrath wrote about the annual Island Cup game between the Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket football teams for the New Yorker in 1984, he likened it to a fierce sibling rivalry. What mainland team could hope to drum up a rivalry as poignant with either of the Island squads? For all that the Vineyarders can’t stand about the Whalers, they also know that the only football team in the entire country that could possibly understand what it means to be an Islander is that of their brother-in-isolation, Nantucket.
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Ag Fair Book Release Party

Ag Fair Book Release Party

The Agricultural Fair may be a week away, but those looking to get their historical groove going early are in luck. Tomorrow, August 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. is the book release and signing party for Bountiful - A History of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society and the Livestock Show and Fair by Susan Klein and photographer Alan Brigish.

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Books, Alpacas Mingle

Author Phyllis Meras and illustrator Robert Schwartz will be autographing copies of In Every Season: Memories of Martha’s Vineyard, on Thursday, August 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m at the Island Alpaca Company, 1 Head of the Pond Road in Oak Bluffs. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

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Dream On, Read On

Tex: A Book For Little Dreamers, is, in a way, about all of us. It’s about wanting what you don’t have, and dreaming about far-off places and a different life. It’s about a little boy who lives near the ocean and his dreams of having tall mountains to climb, wide open fields to

run through, dusty boots to stomp and a pony for a best friend.

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Jill Iscol Speakeasy

Author Jill Iscol headlines the Speakeasy series on Wednesday, August 8, at the Granary Gallery, located on Old County Road in West Tisbury. The Speakeasy events are hosted by the Granary Gallery and State Road Restaurant, in collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc., to benefit the library’s capital campaign.

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Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates published her first book in 1963. Since then she has published over 50 novels, as well as numerous volumes of short stories, poetry and nonfiction. She has won the National Book Award and been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also taught at Princeton since 1978, helping to start the careers of numerous young writers, or at least get a few undergraduates to pay more attention to their sentences.

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The World According to Shel

Shel Silverstein’s thoughts on . . .

Fashion: “Who is this ‘they’ and what difference does it make what they’re wearing? I’ll wear what I want to wear.”

Explaining his work: “You should never explain the philosophy behind anything you do, it’s not important. If your work is weak and needs to be explained, it’s not clear enough.”

Timing: “It’s just as disastrous to be way ahead of your time as to be way behind.”

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Iconoclast Stuck to Rules for Living

Shel Silverstein was an iconoclast but he was disciplined, particularly about his work, which always came first. He developed some interesting rules for living his life:

“Comfortable shoes and the freedom to leave are the two most important things in life.”

“To me, freedom entitles you to do something, not to not do something.”

“I’m not content when I’m traveling but I’m not content when I’m not traveling. So I guess I’ll keep traveling.”

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Searching for Silverstein’s Missing Piece
Jack Shea

Shel Silverstein was not an easy man, but he was a passionate and spectacular man and artist.

Now, eight years after his death, Mr. Silverstein’s intense, very private life and creative genius is chronicled in the biography A Boy Named Shel by Lisa Rogak, recently released by St. Martin’s Press. The book is drawing intense and pasionate reactions, Ms. Rogak says.

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Wanted: True Ghost Stories From Most Haunted Island

Writer Holly Nadler of Oak Bluffs is busily scribbling away at a sequel to her book Haunted Island: True Ghost Stories of Martha’s Vineyard, released by Down East Books in 1994, and now going into its ninth printing. The new book will be titled Vineyard Supernatural: True Ghost Stories from America’s Most Haunted Island, expected to go on sale in the fall of 2008.

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