What is Moss Island?

Moss Island is a real place (43.039771°N 74.848244°W) near Little Falls, NY, beside the Barge Canal. The island is 1500 feet long by 625 feet wide, famous for very large “potholes” (see the picture below) and as a rock climbing destination. It was declared a National Natural Landmark in May 1976.

About the Blog

When I was ten years old I saw The Godfather on TV. I knew it was better than Star Wars, but I didn’t know why. So I went to the library and sat down with every volume of movie and literary criticism I could get my hands on. I’ve been doing it ever since.

Part of how I digest culture is to write about it. I have to. I don’t think I’m right, or that my opinion is better than anyone else’s. I’m not just bitching, or trying to make you mad (although I probably will at some point). I want to cheer for what’s good and figure out what happened with everything else.

Please join the conversation. Disagree if you must. Afterwards we’ll shake hands and have a few beers.


A Moss Island pothole
A Moss Island pothole