| Jun 14, 2012
| 6:48 AM
More than 30,000 people are expected to converge on downtown Columbia from June 15-30 for the 25th annual Columbia Festival of the Arts.
Most of them will be heading to see the free LakeFest events Friday through Sunday, while others will come during the...
| Oct 25, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Kenny (you know what word belongs here) Powers is getting serious. For those keeping score at home (I'm guessing about 90% of "Eastbound and Down" viewers), this episode contained nary a topless woman -- only men; most notably, Stevie. Of......
| May 15, 2010
Pleasant surprises. That's what you'll find around the Mississippi River town of Red Wing, Minn., on the Great River Road, and in nearby riverside villages in Wisconsin.
In the charming hamlet of Stockholm, Wis., population 97, there's Abode Stockholm on...
| Nov 14, 2010
This month's column is about love. Not the Valentine's Day variety. The Siren's Call is interested in love as an elemental force — as something experienced by mystics and glimpsed by poets. Dante caught a glimpse — this column recently...
| May 22, 2011
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry
Edited by Ilan Stavans
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 729 pp., $50
Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um…?"
And now, the question:...
| 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,...
| Sep 2, 2010
George Hitchcock, a poet, painter and UC Santa Cruz emeritus professor whose iconoclastic vision as publisher of the literary magazine "kayak" helped free American poetry from mid-20th century orthodoxies and provided an early forum for such distinguished...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 10:32 AM
The sky might be crying real hard but that doesn't mean all you poetry lovers have to shed any tears. The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is still on tonight. You'll just have to seek refuge under a tent. If you decide to brave the weather, you're in for...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 3:35 PM
Girls can do anything, part two.
Barbara Schuman was the brightest kid in the neighborhood. She excelled in school, could throw a ball as far as any boy, climb a tree, run like the wind, and was prettier than a picture. Barbara believed that everything...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 4:52 PM
Donner joined me for a cup of tea. I welcomed the company as a respite from a dreary morning.
“What are you reading?” he asked.
“Stories about King Arthur,” I said.
“Tell me one!”
I told him about Percival, the...
| Sep 27, 2009
It's not unusual for Amy Gerstler to trip down the street from her house to mine bearing gifts: a ripe avocado, a jar of martini olives, an article of interest, a plastic Cupid the length of my thumbnail. Today, she meets me outside with a book she...
| Aug 30, 2009
Remember Robert Bly's bestselling 1990 book "Iron John: A Book About Men"? It was the manifesto for a movement -- a call for men to get back in touch with their primal selves. Go out in the woods, strip off your shirt, bang on a drum and howl at the moon....