Thoughts on the Nobel Prize

The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature is going to be announced tomorrow. I know not everyone is interested in or cares about literary prizes, but I for one find it interesting to see the implications they have both on the literary world and the world at large. For one thing, a well-knownContinue reading “Thoughts on the Nobel Prize”

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Bookish Links — September 2017

Here, classicist and translator Mary Beard answers that fool from The Guardian who thinks that learning foreign languages is useless. In honor of John Ashbery’s recent passing, Andrew Epstein from Locus Solus posted this about the time Ashbery sat for one of Andy Warhol’s “Screen Tests.” While we’re talking about Ashbery, here’s an article fromContinue reading “Bookish Links — September 2017”

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Bookish Links — October 2016

Good news for T. S. Eliot fans: Eliot’s estate, working with his publisher Faber and Faber, has launched a new website hosting previously-unpublished letters and photos, as well as rarely-seen essays by Eliot. (HT: The Guardian) For those like myself who would have loved to go to Dana Gioia’s poetry reading in New York earlier thisContinue reading “Bookish Links — October 2016”

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Are Song Lyrics Poems?

Along with much of the rest of the world, I woke up Thursday morning to the news that Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” While I’m not sure if Dylan would have been my first choice for the award, IContinue reading “Are Song Lyrics Poems?”

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