Robert Hass Reads Czesław Miłosz

Currently, I’m reading Andrzej Franaszek’s biography of Czesław Miłosz, which is utterly fascinating and which I will review at a later date. It reminded me of this video, a poetry reading that former Poet Laureate Robert Hass gave in 2011. Besides being one of Miłosz’s primary English translators, Hass was also a colleague of hisContinue reading “Robert Hass Reads Czesław Miłosz”

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“Summer Storm” by Dana Gioia

Here in southern Louisiana, we’ve been experiencing blistering heat (85° on a good day), periodically interrupted by short but fierce thunderstorms. Naturally, I’ve been thinking of Dana Gioia’s poem “Summer Storm.” I only discovered Gioia recently, but I’m quickly falling in love with his work. Below is a video of Gioia reading the poem, whichContinue reading ““Summer Storm” by Dana Gioia”

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Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Read by Neil Gaiman

As Christmas looms nearer still, I thought I’d dig up this old gem. This time last year, Neil Gaiman was asked to give a reading of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the New York City Public Library, using the selfsame manuscript from which Dickens himself gave readings back when. Below is a recording of thatContinue reading “Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Read by Neil Gaiman”

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The Time Neil Gaiman Invented a G. K. Chesterton Quote

All this talk of quotations puts me in mind of a very famous one, supposedly by G. K. Chesterton. No doubt you’ve seen it floating around Pinterest, Twitter, etc. by now: It certain sounds like Chesterton, and it’s in line with things he did say, but it’s not Chesterton. It is in fact the workContinue reading “The Time Neil Gaiman Invented a G. K. Chesterton Quote”

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Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 3

Thank you one more time, Herminia. The rules: Post one quote a day for three days Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. It’s the last day of the “Three Days, Three Quotes” challenge and I end it with a quote I’ve been wanting to post here forContinue reading “Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 3”

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E. L. Doctorow on Why Writing Is Hardest for Writers

Last week, I read the news that author E. L. Doctorow had passed away at the age of 84. I then proceeded to find out who E. L. Doctorow was. He seems to be one of those authors whom everyone knows about and everyone has read except for me. While researching, I stumbled across thisContinue reading “E. L. Doctorow on Why Writing Is Hardest for Writers”

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Malcolm Guite on Charles Williams

Despite having yet to read his books, Charles Williams has become a sort of fascination for me recently. That’s why I was excited to find this video, in which Malcolm Guite, a poet and teacher, gives an excellent overview of this bizarre little man’s life and work.

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“Why Do We Write Today?”

Why do we write today? I do not write to entertain. I do not write to amuse. I come from a tradition which believes in the written word very much. I believe that words are dangerous and can be made into dangerous tools. I believe that words can become links too. It all depends [on]Continue reading ““Why Do We Write Today?””

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“The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury”

I saw the name “Ray Bradbury” in the title, so naturally, I had to listen to it. 🙂 I’ve heard a couple of my favorite bloggers rave about Neil Gaiman, and I, having never read a word by him, couldn’t tell what all the fuss was about. Now I know. That ending very nearly madeContinue reading ““The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury””

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Robert Browning Recites a Poem (Sort Of)

I found this video a while back while I was meandering around Youtube. If the uploader is to be trusted, it is a recording made in 1889 of Robert Browning trying to recite his poem “How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix.” I say “trying” because after the third line, he completelyContinue reading “Robert Browning Recites a Poem (Sort Of)”

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