Recent Entries:

  • December 11th, 2007

    In The Art of Time in Memoir, Sven Birkerts names three approaches to discovering “a dramatic explanatory narrative” in memoir: “For some the event-based story of the past may be paramount … for others it may be the process of discovering that there is a story … and for still others the main incentive might be to connect with the elusive feelings and associations of what happene

  • December 8th, 2007

    The clairvoyant I’ve visited occasionally for the past 20 years once told me that each of us runs into a recurring challenge -- a social circumstance, uncomfortably familiar, that usually leads to trouble. He described my particular dilemma, which had never occurred to me as a repetitive scene, but once pointed out now seemed to have a circular shape and theme.

  • December 5th, 2007

    moravia_0.jpgIn an interview conducted a few months before he died in 1990, Alberto Moravia said, “In persons of genius you can’t talk of heredity or determinism.

  • December 2nd, 2007

    “A great poet, carrying the antique imagination of her fathers, requires each reader to leap from a place of certain signification, to a new situation, undiscovered and foreign,” writes Susan Howe in My Emily Dickinson, originally published in 1985.

  • November 24th, 2007

    Having earned her doctorate in literature from Yale, Elizabeth Samet accepted the best teaching job she could get. “When I told my friends and acquaintances at Yale that I was going to West Point, I got a range of responses, ‘You’ll humanize them,’ said one well-meaning professor, leaving me puzzled. They had seemed pretty human to me,” she writes.

  • November 17th, 2007

    On July 9, 1896, the New York Times ran a story alleging that the mayor of Long Island City was engaged in illicit activities. To provide evidence, the paper ran some photos, described by journalist Anthony Comstock as “snapshots.” Apparently, this is the first time “snapshot” was used to describe a photograph.