On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen celebrated the long-awaited release of his third book (his second this year alone), America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.
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Glassblowing the Brooklyn Way
It feels like a glassblower’s workshop from a different era.
Massive oven-like structures — inside of which lay pounds upon pounds of fiery liquid glass — line the periphery of the dark studio. The concrete floor, astonishingly clean under the circumstances, sparkles with the occasional crystal fleck. The ceiling is lofty and room to move is ample, but the air is heavy, and oppressively hot.
None of the craftsmen at Brooklyn Glass seem to care, of course: They’re all moving methodically, steadily, silently, busily creating intricate glass sculptures. Long hollow rods go into the round mouths of the ovens — “glory holes” (ahem) in glassblower-speak — and come out glowing with molten glass orbs at their tips. Blowing and clanging and twisting and twirling ensues, and magically, these tiny globes are morphed into things — vases and vessels and sconces. It feels more like 18th-century Italy, but alas, it’s still 2012, and we’re in Park Slope.