Articles by

Gary Paul Gates

09/30/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island's Black Cat Books.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island’s Black Cat Books.

Almost from the time I began reading books, I became intrigued by some of their titles. Yes, like millions of others, I was sternly warned at an early age not to judge a book by its cover. Nevertheless, if the title on a cover captured my fancy, that would whet my desire to read the book. (more…)

06/24/17 8:00am
Part of the Samaria Gorge in Crete

ROMEO BELARMINO PHOTO Part of the Samaria Gorge in Crete

On a sunny day in June 1991, my wife and I found ourselves trudging through something called “the Samaria Gorge” on Crete.

Prior to our arrival on the fabled island that gave us Europe’s first civilization as well as El Greco and Zorba the Greek, Phyllis and I had never heard of the Samaria Gorge. But as we drove around, we kept running into gorge enthusiasts who urged us to set aside a day for a hike through that geological wonderland. (more…)

05/27/17 7:25am
Our columnist on a visit to a Kentucky stud farm during the summer of 1998, with the 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, Go For Gin.

Our columnist on a visit to a Kentucky stud farm during the summer of 1998, with the 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, Go For Gin.

This is the time of the year when horse racing enjoys its all-too-brief moment of glory.

From the running of the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May through the endurance test of the Belmont Stakes in early June, the hallowed Triple Crown races attract multitudes of casual fans who otherwise pay no attention to what used to be called the Sport of Kings. (more…)