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FAMILY TABLE STAKES

FAMILY TABLE STAKES »

By: John Gaffney

To paraphrase the genius of Frank Vincent Zappa, I believe that writing about food is like dancing about architecture. Writing about dining, however, that I... more

Beach Reads For Stormy Weather

Beach Reads For Stormy Weather »

By: John Gaffney

Beach Reads For Stormy Weather Full disclosure: I read a lot of books at the same time. I don't recommend this. Part of it is my distracted mentality. Part... more

Bar Bouchée Chef Jeff Cave Talks Authenticity

Bar Bouchée Chef Jeff Cave Talks Authenticity »

By: John Gaffney

Bar Bouchée Chef Jeff Cave Talks Authenticity Dressed for early afternoon prep in cargo pants and long sleeve t-shirt, chef Jeffrey Cave launches into a... more

The Return of Big Books

The Return of Big Books »

By: John Gaffney

“Summer reading” often comes down to unnerving medical thrillers, or crime novels where the dialogue is metabolized quicker than one of the mega... more

Summer Books from the Dark Side

Summer Books from the Dark Side »

By: John Gaffney

This will not be the feel good reading list of summer. In fact, it's more than a little dark. However, if your concept of a page turner or screen refresher... more

One Man’s Cancer Odyssey, Part 4

One Man’s Cancer Odyssey, Part 4 »

By: John Gaffney

An excerpt from the memoir, Bad Blood.  If you’re looking to get silly You better go back from where you came Because the cops don’t need... more

In Memoriam: Our Beloved Founder, Mark Spehar

In Memoriam: Our Beloved Founder, Mark Spehar »

By: John Gaffney

  This website is the manifestation of a vision conceived by a gentleman named Mark Spehar. It was Mark’s idea to create a magazine that captured... more

GT OFF YR PHONE:  ITS IMPTNT 2 GET OUT

GT OFF YR PHONE: ITS IMPTNT 2 GET OUT »

By: John Gaffney

If you have kids, grandkids, or you are a kid—have I left anyone out?)—you face a unique challenge for this era. In a word: smartphones. I will argue that... more

One Man’s Cancer Odyssey, Part Three: Rediagnosed

One Man’s Cancer Odyssey, Part Three: Rediagnosed »

By: John Gaffney

In 2004, Coastal Connecticut editor and Madison resident John Gaffney was diagnosed with acute leukemia and given minimal chance to walk out of Middlesex... more

One Man’s Cancer Odyssey, Part Two: Mitoxantrone to Thanksgiving

One Man’s Cancer Odyssey, Part Two: Mitoxantrone to Thanksgiving »

By: John Gaffney

In 2004, Coastal Connecticut editor and Madison resident John Gaffney was diagnosed with acute leukemia and given minimal chance to walk out of Middlesex... more

THE JOURNALIST’S  MANTRA Or the importance of being Bob Dotson

THE JOURNALIST’S MANTRA Or the importance of being Bob Dotson »

By: John Gaffney

I’m going to mention Bob Dotson. And by mentioning Bob Dotson, I am the second-best journalist on this page, and anybody else I would mention on this page... more

One Man’s Cancer Odyssey, Part One: Bad Blood

One Man’s Cancer Odyssey, Part One: Bad Blood »

By: John Gaffney

In 2004, Coastal Connecticut editor and Madison resident John Gaffney was diagnosed with acute leukemia, and given minimal chance to walk out of Middlesex... more

THE COURAGE TO CREATE Tonight you might read the best writer you ever read. Right here.

THE COURAGE TO CREATE Tonight you might read the best writer you ever read. Right here. »

By: John Gaffney

I took a gap year in college. Because I was destined to start a rock ’n’ roll band. Destined. It was going to be a loose,  rhythmic incarnation of The... more

Seven People to Watch

Seven People to Watch »

By: John Gaffney

The seven people gathered here represent nominations from Coastal Connecticut readers as well as our own research. The criteria: Someone who represents the... more

ON THE RASTA-LIKE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING TO LOCAL RADIO

ON THE RASTA-LIKE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING TO LOCAL RADIO »

By: John Gaffney

I love the radio. Always have since I was a kid. Although this will surrender my age in fossil carbon-dating terms, I remember listening to the Top 10 every... more

Robert Stone’s Victory Lap

Robert Stone’s Victory Lap »

By: John Gaffney

When the subject of “best living American novelist” comes up, Robert Stone is on the short list. As long as Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, and... more

The Sound in Winter

The Sound in Winter »

By: John Gaffney

Edward Hopper never lived on the Connecticut shoreline. But he had the place right. From his venues in Cape Cod and the North Shore of Massachusetts he... more

Holiday on the Shoreline

Holiday on the Shoreline »

By: John Gaffney

  There’s a scene in the classic movie ‘Christmas in Connecticut’ where Robert Shayne tells Barbara Stanwyck that she has to go arrange her... more

LIFE AND THE PINK SLEIGH Pay attention to that Christmas shop. It might be important someday.

LIFE AND THE PINK SLEIGH Pay attention to that Christmas shop. It might be important someday. »

By: John Gaffney

Not everybody who lives on the Shoreline is from the Shoreline. That’s what makes it a horse race, my aunt used to tell me. If you were born and raised here,... more