| Nov 13, 2012
| 2:29 PM
The poet Jack Gilbert, who had been battling dementia for many years, died Tuesday in Berkeley. He was 87.
Gilbert -- who was featured in Monday's L.A. Times -- had been in frail condition at a nursing home for several years before he developed...
| Nov 6, 2012
Elliott Carter, the great American composer who was born in the horse-and-buggy era but whose music persistently looked ahead by reflecting and unabashedly celebrating the intricacies of modern life, died Monday of natural causes at his home in New York,...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 12:37 PM
TriQuarterly still serves as his calling card. Seven years after his death and nearly four decades after he stepped down as editor, Charles Newman will always be best remembered as the dashing pipe-smoker who took Northwestern University's sleepy literary...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 6:50 PM
The only time I met the poet Rae Armantrout, a few years ago, I escorted her from her hotel to the lecture hall at the University of Chicago where she was to read. We chatted, and she mentioned that she had a new book coming out. I asked her what it was...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
The great theorist of psychoanalysis Jacques Lacan envisioned desire as “caught in the rails of metonymy, eternally extending toward the desire for something else.” In the rhetorical figure of metonymy, a signifier points toward something...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:12 PM
It is happening again. Into the mawkish nature documentaries and faddish elliptical doldrums of American poetry, John Ashbery is sticking his clown nose.
For nearly a half-century Ashbery has been popping up every two or three years to remind poetry...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 12:03 PM
There's a certain type of reader — often also a writer, with a leaf-fring'd MFA — who has it all figured out. The realist novel is a scam, a factory producing cardboard imitations of bourgeois life. This is the person at the party who mentions...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 3:18 PM
There's that John Cage quote people trot out when you call a piece of art boring — “In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one...
| Aug 29, 2010
Reporting from Maui —
We've been batting our way through W.S. Merwin's yard for a couple hours, swatting mosquitoes in the streambed under the dark wet canopy of towering, philodendron-draped mangoes and looking at some 700 species of palm trees,...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Al Pacino and Andre Watts are among the National Medal of Arts winners announced Friday. President Obama will confer the awards on Monday at the White House....
| Feb 10, 2012
| 4:34 PM
The White House announced the recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals today. Poet Rita Dove (above) is the leading literary figure among the seven who will receive the National Medal of Arts, joining actor......
| Nov 19, 2011
| 4:33 PM
"The Air We Breathe" at SFMOMA addresses issues of Prop. 8...