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Richard Brautigan’s highs and lows
Richard Brautigan (1935-1984) came of age as a writer in Beat Generation San Francisco, but he was no beatnik.
| July 10, 2012
Joe Brainard’s collected works
The sui generis artist and writer Joe Brainard invented a literary form.
| April 25, 2012
Poems, prose, and the New Yorker
Elizabeth Bishop goes pop
After John Ashbery described Elizabeth Bishop as "the writer’s writer’s writer," reviewers repeated the witticism as if it were true. Actually, beginning with her first book, Bishop got awards and grants — that master poet politician Robert Lowell was in her corner — that gave her much more public recognition than Merrill's phrase suggests was the case.
| February 02, 2011
Review: Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, And Conversations
Fast talk: A great artist bends your ear
If you are interested in the great painter Philip Guston (1913–1980), you will want this book. If you are interested in American painting from 1945 on, and into the future, you will want this book. If you enjoy a great talker in top form, you will want this book.
| January 07, 2011
Review: David Young knows where he's going
David Young's Selected and New Poems is a good book by a good poet. You'll have to take my word for that, because I am not going to quote from his poems.
| October 27, 2010
Colm Tóibín's see-through prose
In American prose, there is a plain style, a child of the 20th century, descending from Hemingway and Cather. The best New Yorker writers — James Thurber, Joseph Mitchell, Janet Malcolm — have it.
| June 16, 2009
Giving good gimmick
Granta at 30
To sustain a literary magazine over decades it pays to have a gimmick.
| June 08, 2009
Review: My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poems of Jack Spicer
Spicer believed that words are magic, that they have the power to "do" good and harm to people.
| December 19, 2008
The Martin Beck mysteries
Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's Martin Beck mysteries are back in a fourth American printing.
| December 02, 2008
Selected and otherwise
A sheaf of post-April poetry and poets
Simic is a poet not of big gloomy poems but of small glooms and fears that haunt our waking lives and disturb our sleep.
| May 13, 2008
Philip Whalen’s word bombs
Philip Whalen (1923–2002) is a great American poet.
| January 14, 2008
News to me
Robert Hass’s National Book Award
Notwithstanding the occasional university-press finalist (this year: David Kirby), the National Book Award for poetry is generally open to only a few American poets.
| December 11, 2007
Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place
The best film about an American poet ever made
Ferrini and Riaf present the complex American literary figure Charles Olson in a clear way by focusing not on the facts of his life but on the facts of his work.
| September 12, 2007
What was, and what might have been
Sara and Gerald Murphy in Williamstown
Sara and Gerald Murphy are back, and in the words of their friend Cole Porter, “What a swell party it is.”
| November 08, 2007
The Current Issue
Table of Contents
Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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