Geoffrey O’Brien

Geoffrey O’Brien’s latest books are Where Did Poetry Come From and the poetry collection Who Goes There. (October 2022)

‘Magic Sayings by the Thousands’

At the heart of the Kalevala is the shamanistic power of words to transform, lead astray, destroy, create, or bring back to life.

Kalevala: The Epic of the Finnish People

translated from the Finnish by Eino Friberg and with an introduction by Jukka Korpela

The Kalevala: An Epic Poem After Oral Tradition

by Elias Lönnrot, translated from the Finnish with an introduction and notes by Keith Bosley, and with a foreword by Albert B. Lord

The Kalevala, or Poems of the Kaleva District

compiled by Elias Lönnrot and translated from the Finnish with a foreword and appendices by Francis Peabody Magoun Jr.

November 4, 2021 issue

Elza van den Heever as Marie and Peter Mattei as Wozzeck in Wozzeck at the Metropolitan Opera

Becoming the Nightmare


an opera by Alban Berg, in a production by William Kentridge, at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, December 27, 2019–January 22, 2020

February 27, 2020 issue

Eric Owens as Porgy and Angel Blue as Bess in Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera

Back on Catfish Row

‘Porgy and Bess’ at the Met

Porgy and Bess

an opera by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, September 23, 2019–February 1, 2020

Summertime: George Gershwin’s Life in Music

by Richard Crawford

November 21, 2019 issue

A scene from Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja’s film Aniara

There’s No Place Like Home

Aniara: A Review of Man in Time and Space

by Harry Martinson, adapted from the Swedish by Hugh MacDiarmid and Elspeth Harley Schubert


an opera by Karl-Birger Blomdahl


a film directed by Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja

August 15, 2019 issue

Conrad Veidt and Lillebil Christensen in Urban Gad’s Christian Wahnschaffe, 1920–1921

Miracle in Bologna

Il Cinema Ritrovato

a film festival in Bologna, Italy, June 23–July 1, 2018

August 16, 2018 issue

Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc, Amanda Echalaz as Lucía de Nobile, and Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado in Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel

Dinner from Hell

The Exterminating Angel

an opera by Thomas Adès, with a libretto by Tom Cairns and Thomas Adès based on a screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza, directed by Tom Cairns

December 21, 2017 issue

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