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When I was in my early 20s, living in Berkeley and drifting toward a PhD in Russian literature, I started writing poetry. It was a completely unexpected development. I definitely hadn't been one of those kids in high school who worked for the literary...
Tribune reporterThe phone rang. It was 6 a.m. "Yes," I said, groggy. It was the president. "Enough filibustering!" he shouted. "OK, but ..." "Up and at 'em!" he shouted. "All right, fine!" On the other end, I heard a dog bark, presumably Bo, the Portuguese...
Jacket CopyThe substantial $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize will be awarded to Virginia-based poet Eleanor Ross Taylor, who was born in 1920. Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine, cited the strong reserve in Taylor’s poems and praised their "sober and clear-...
Tribune staff reporterThe men opened the hive and bees swirled up into the sky like sparks from a fire. Bees flew through the weedy yard and past the chain-link fence. They flew into the alley, where a woman braced herself against the hood of a police car. Bees flew toward...
Times Staff WriterCharles Nelson Reilly, whose persona as a wacky game show panelist and talk show guest overshadowed his serious work as a director and Tony-winning actor, has died. He was 76. Reilly, a longtime resident of Beverly Hills, died Friday (May 25) of...
In "A Summer of Hummingbirds," scholar Christopher Benfey looks at cultural reconstruction after the Civil WarBy Art Winslow Christopher Benfey, a scholar of Emily Dickinson and Gilded Age America, would not have his book "A Summer of Hummingbirds" had Dickinson not responded to a small floral painting sent to her in 1882 by writing an eight-line poem in...
Alfred Kazin By Richard M. Cook Yale University Press, 452 pages, $35 'I love to think about America," Alfred Kazin, 26, recorded in his journal in February 1942. He was finishing his canonical study of modern American literature, "On Native Grounds,"...
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The American Civil War became known as an "unwritten war" because so few attempted or succeeded in writing anything substantial about it at the time. Yet perhaps this view is only partly true. Emily Dickinson's most prolific outpouring of poems...
Times Staff WriterBisexuality certainly increases the geometric possibilities of the romantic comedy, completing its triangles and allowing for quadrangles and other, more amorphous layers of amorous involvement. The primary vertex of "Puccini for Beginners," writer-...
The Swampby Mark Silva and updated with service President Barack Obama, his wife and two daughters attended Easter service this morning at St. John's Church, a favorite chapel of presidents past situated just across a sun-splashed, flowering park from the White......
The holy grail of the author's own collector's quest is the 1961 1s 3d Parliamentary Conference stamp, which he recalls as being "the most beautiful small object I had ever seen" as a boy. On this stamp, the head of the queen, which should by rights...
All that noise and no singing -- that's not music. That's what they said about Glenn Miller! Probably not, but people rioted over Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." My point here is that I've heard some old-people music, so you should trust me. Try...
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