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December 22, 2022
Revisiting the Past
“Poems and novels can both come from impulse.”
April 9, 2022
The Joy of Yiddish Books
The language sustained a Jewish diasporan secular culture, from Vilna to the Lower East Side. Today, that heritage survives in a gritty corner of Queens to be claimed by a new generation.
February 26, 2022
Language Is the Game in ‘Ted Lasso’
Whitman and Joyce may seem unlikely references for a sports sitcom—unless we’ve been reading the show all wrong.
January 19, 2022
Mayer’s fabric art and ephemeral installations were both feminist and humanist, linking great spans of time with individual experience.
December 9, 2021
“Auden was fascinated by the unsolvable problem of how much of life is governed by necessity and how much is chosen through freedom.”
December 4, 2021
What Fastens Us to the World
“I didn’t write because I had something to say. I wrote because I had nothing to say and writing gave me words, even to express silence.”
November 13, 2021
Unknown Sources of Lift
“I think there’s an understandable but perilous tendency to conflate art and artist when the artist in question uses autobiographical elements in their work.”
October 9, 2021
Giants of the Northeast Kingdom
“Bread and Puppet was part of a Vermont I didn’t know as a kid, or only saw out of the corner of my eye.”
September 11, 2021
Uighur Poets of Exile
It is precisely because of poetry’s power in Uighur culture that these three poets, along with nearly every other prominent Uighur intellectual, disappeared more than two years ago into China’s internment camps.
August 13, 2020
Derek Walcott in New York
Derek Walcott had many New Yorks, and all of them played a part in his life and in his evolution as a writer. But perhaps the most important of all his New York sojourns was the one from the Fifties.
July 29, 2020
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