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The Baltimore SunW.H. Auden trawled the Oxford English Dictionary for old and obscure words, some of which he employed in his poetry. He was so fond of the OED that he often took a volume of it to bed at night. We here in Wordville understand that. Thus there is joy...
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Richard Griffiths was an actor of enormous size. He was physically big — obese to the point of sometimes needing a cane to get around. But his mind and soul were equally large, and his eloquence was so prodigious that playwright Alan Bennett found...
Aleksandar Hemon, the 48-year-old Bosnian refugee who has become one of this city's literary rock stars, can amuse and he can devastate. That he does both in his second language, wielded with precision and elegance, has earned him comparisons to Nabokov...
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Benjamin Britten, who never in his life thought of himself as gay, might well be dismayed if he could peer down at how discussion of his life and work has come to be dominated by the matter of his sexuality. The latest biography — by Paul Kildea,...
Tags: Culture, Music Industry, Music, England, The New York Times
Viewed from the American side of the water, the fanfare about the discovery of the bones of the last Plantagenet monarch probably seems a bit quaint. Having determined that the remains found in Leicester, U.K., a few months back are indeed those of...
If like me you come from a mixed family, meaning there are conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats boisterously hashing out their differences at the holiday table, you'll have an easy time recognizing the Wyeth clan gathered to celebrate...
"A poet," Louis Simpson once wrote, "should wish for enough unhappiness to keep him writing." Simpson may not have wished for trouble, but he kept writing for 60 years — spare, powerful poems about war, infidelity, suburban alienation and other...
Liz Smith"How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me." -- W.H. Auden. IT'S NICE when synchronicity happens in the middle of all the desperation that is going...
Arguing over poetry's cultural relevance is a little like debating the potential effects of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, says Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman. “For many people, poetry will remain remote,...
Tags: Wildlife, Chemical Industry, Poetry, Charity, Chicago Tribune
Hartford CourantIt’s no secret how more I greatly admire Gabriel Kahane’s terrific score to his new musical “February House” when its had its world premiere earlier this year at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre. It subsequently had a run at...
"First you're young. Then you're old. Then you're wonderful." — Alice Roosevelt Longworth STRATFORD, Canada — Christopher Plummer is in the wonderful phase of his career — and at 82 he's seizing the opportunity. In February, the six-...
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