Recent Entries:

  • January 27th, 2015

    Now in its sixth edition of 1,154 pages, David Thomson’s The New Biographical Dictionary of Film looks like a reference book. But it often reads like a collection of more than 1,400 droll job performance reviews. Here is part of Thomson’s newly added entry on Tina Fey:

  • January 10th, 2015

    Forty years after her death, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) remains a favorite target for those who dislike -- and generally misunderstand -- her views toward Judaism and the Nazi genocide of the Jews. At the same time, Eichmann in Jerusalem, her account of his 1962 trial, continues as the most widely read book on the Holocaust.

  • January 6th, 2015

    In 2011, David Shields and Caleb Powell spent four days together at a cabin in the Cascade Mountains to record a conversation. “You can go all the way back to Plato’s dialogues with Socrates,” says Shields.

  • December 26th, 2014

    In 1980, Sarah Charlesworth hung seven large photographic prints in Tony Shafrazi’s living room, his first gallery. The 78-inch high prints depicted bodies falling from fatal heights. She had collected photographs from newspapers and wire services, then magnified, re-shot, and cropped them into grainy free-falls.

  • December 21st, 2014

    Yesterday I watched “A Life Together,” Bill Moyers’ 1993 film on Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon. The imagery and narrative are familiar to those who have read Hall’s essays of the last five decades – Eagle Farm and its generations, the marriage and habits of the poets, the accounting of their illnesses and household habits, the sounds of their poems.

  • December 10th, 2014

    Now living in Turin, the architect Matteo Pericoli often teaches a university course called “Laboratory of Literary Architecture” for both creative writing and design students. On the course’s web page, he writes, “How many times have we paused while reading a book and had the feeling that we were inside a structure built, knowingly or unknowingly, by the writer?