Text by Maria Terrone and Images by Whitney Light
October 15th, 2013 | 7:00am

Desire in Jackson Heights from w_light on Vimeo.

Text from Maria's 2012 Guggenheim Museum-commissioned essay "At Home in the New World"

Photo by author
October 9th, 2013 | 7:00am

There used to be an actual line.  That we had to actually wait in.  We used to line up from the elevator bank in the Harbour View Hotel across the bridge and over to the Great Eagle Centre, or double-backed towards Central Plaza, and we used to wait.

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons
October 8th, 2013 | 7:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons

My mother walked toward the courthouse at her usual fast clip, and the smoke from her Marlboro hung over her head. My brother Bernard and I trailed her as we crossed Church Street, and the fall leaves, mostly auburn and pumpkin, crunched under our feet. Everything else around us was so still.

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Meg Lessard
October 7th, 2013 | 7:00am

Apple-crisp air, periwinkle sky. A world-class day in the Borough of Storytellers. As it does each third Sunday in September, on September 22, the Brooklyn Book Festival took over the esplanade in front of Borough Hall and adjacent buildings in Brooklyn Heights.

 

Image of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost "Poetic Dialogue" silhouettes courtesy of Philip Chapman-Bell on Flickr Creative Commons.
October 3rd, 2013 | 7:00am

Image of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost "Poetic Dialogue" silhouettes courtesy of Philip Chapman-Bell on Flickr Creative Commons.

The first Thursday of each month, The Common showcases an audio recording of a poem from our print issue archive, read by the author.  This month, Jon Thompson reads "Borderlands, or Where is the Source of Corruption," originally published in Issue 05.