My celebration of poetry (safely contained in its designated month) continues with this excerpt from the first elegy in Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies. It’s translated by A. Poulin, Jr.: It’s true, it’s strange not living on earthanymore, not using customs you hardly learned,not giving the meaning of a human futureto roses and other things […]
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has just declared April 8 to be Women’s Economic Power Day. What does this mean? Let’s examine: Women in Massachusetts earn approximately $0.20 less than every $1.00 earned by men, according to the AFL-CIO–and this, after "equal pay for equal work" was supposedly the platform of 1970s feminists that everybody could […]
She’s a woman, a Canadian and a short story writer. But that hasn’t stopped Alice Munro from taking her rightful place in Western literature’s so-called canon. Munro—who’s been writing feverishly since 1968—is deified by her peers. Jonathan Franzen wrote a fawning review in The New York Times Book Review that called Munro a ‘marvel’ and, […]
…and why not get into the spirit? After all, National Poetry Month is my very favorite national month. Right after, um, … August. Because that’s when I was born. The way to celebrate NPM is, of course, with poetry. Art by William Heyen In his “Heiligenstadt Testament” Beethoven— let me start over— Joseph Jefferson etched […]
“Jessa Crispin Points To Signs Of Life In The Midwest” http://www.thebookstandard.com/bookstandard/community/commentary_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002275559 It’s nice that the cultural byproducts of everyone’s favorite U.S. land mass are finally getting some attention from The Book Standard. Nonetheless, this article feels thin. There’s an enormous amount of good writing coming out of the Midwest, including big names like Stuart Dybek, […]
You’ll notice that my “currently reading” list in the sidebar handily links to the Amazon entry of each particular book. An unfortunate quirk of the Typepad system I’m using for this website does not allow me to change that link to any other book-selling source. This is unfortunate. I want to take the opportunity now […]
“The more you love a story, the stronger is your impulse to illuminate its virtues by simply quoting from the thing.” Don’t I know it. Though I do find that superlatives come in handy as well.