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Summer, from Staten Island.


As I have mentioned before, the printed Staten Island book was a selection of the essays I wrote about the Island; there were others which did not make the cut, for various reasons.  Of the four essays I wrote about the seasons, the editors wanted to include “Spring” and “Summer,” but I felt that they […]



One of the essays I wrote for the Staten Island book not included in the printed edition.  And appropriate for the month of April – when we have gorgeous days like today, it is enough for me. The edition of the Staten Island book is very nearly sold out.  Now is the time to order […]

Interview with the University Bookman.


I get interviewed by the University Bookman about the Staten Island book, Thoreau in the City, and the “go live where you are” principle.

More Crumpled Press Press.


A nice little piece by Susannah Black about the Crumpled Press, publisher of the Staten Island book.  “Trading efficiency for loveliness.”

Winter on Staten Island.


The Staten Island book is a selection of the many essays I wrote about Staten Island life while living there.  Not all could be fit into the scope of the published book.  The following one, “Winter,” is one of four essays on the seasons; Autumn is found here. WINTER Who never ate his bread in […]

Invitation to Crumpled Press 5th Anniversary Party.


On Saturday December 4th the Crumpled Press will be celebrating its first five years with a party at Cabinet Magazine’s space in Brooklyn.  Tony Grafton will be talking, I’ll be reading, and Regina Granne will be exhibiting.  Polymath D. Graham Burnett will be moderating.  There will be music by the Matt Panayides group.  There will […]



This is another essay I wrote about life on Staten Island, which did not make it into the book.  As I mentioned before, I wrote about 45,000 words for the Staten Island book, of which only 20,000 made it to the published version; the other essays were left out for various reasons.  I intend to […]

Reading at Staten Island Museum.


The release for the Staten Island book went splendidly.  We packed the room (65 people, I am told) the day after I had asked for a bigger space.  And we sold every single copy of the book we had with us.  From the writer’s perspective, that’s a good day. The photo at left shows the space […]

Release for Staten Island Book, November 6th.


My first book, Staten Island, or, Life in the Boroughs will have its release at the Staten Island Museum (a.k.a. Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences) at 1 p.m. on November 6th, 2010.  All are invited. From the well-written press release: “John Byron Kuhner ferries the reader across New York Harbor to the island […]



The Staten Island book – which can be ordered here (it has returned from the printers, and is being bound) – originally consisted of twenty-one essays, about 45,000 words; the publishers selected ten of these essays to make a more compact 20,000 word “chapbook,” a better size book for the press and, of course, far […]