| Jan 25, 2009
A Life Cut Short
Nan. A Talese/Doubleday:
210 pp., $21.95
Peter Ackroyd is never less than instructive and, much of the time, incisive. This is a man of letters from, as it were, A to Z. Ackroyd is the accomplished author of more...
| May 24, 2008
Watching the Spring Festival
By Frank Bidart
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 58 pages, $25
The subject of Frank Bidart's new collection, "Watching the Spring Festival," is the construction of artifice, and the poems tackle some of art's largest themes....
| May 31, 2008
Tomorrow morning while your Sumatra blend is brewing, take a minute to pay tribute to Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford (1753-1814), inventor of the drip coffee pot, not to mention a long list of other innovations, elegantly conceived and eminently...
| Mar 24, 2008
Cut off from the world, even in parts of his own home, Aitzaz Ahsan did what many of his compatriots do in times of personal and political crisis: He wrote a poem.
Months of house arrest had left the celebrated lawyer enraged over his isolation and the...
| Jun 23, 2008
LA JOLLA -- As your eyes plot the final few steps down the central staircase in UC San Diego's new student center, they land on a red terrazzo text panel that reads: "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror." Not exactly a soft landing but...
| Mar 7, 2010
A Family Story
Ecco: 168 pp., $21.99
On Dec. 8, 2007, the day that Amy Rosenblatt Solomon collapsed on the treadmill and died, her parents, Roger and Ginny Rosenblatt, drove from their Long Island home to be with Amy's...
| Mar 12, 2010
The Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction released a list of 47 under-performing schools eligible for federal money. The Department of Education has $17 million dollars to hand out to split among the schools.
The schools made the list...
| Sep 18, 2009
Fall is about to color foliage a zillion shades of yellow, red and orange. Here are 10 options for leaf peepers who want to enjoy autumn panoramas --some of the programs are by land and others by sea.
Bike Escapades -- You can bike amidst the...
| Oct 4, 2009
CRITICISM IN AMERICAN CULTURE: New releases
Here are five titles that put the lie to the notion that criticism is a dying art.
Corn Flakes With
And Other Tales from
a Rock 'n' Roll Life
Rodale: 280 pp., $24.99
| Oct 8, 2009
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David Galenson, professor of economics at the University of Chicago, and Joshua Kotin, graduate student in English language and literature and editor of the Chicago Review discuss the nature of artistic genius and evaluate the careers of such diverse...
| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Nov 10, 2009
Despite his reputation as a public performer, the poet Robert Frost came uneasily both to readings and lectures of any kind. He was so nervous about public speaking that he once put stones in his shoes to distract him from stage fright; early on, he...