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Culture Monster"The Air We Breathe" at SFMOMA addresses issues of Prop. 8...
Special to the Tribune"Double Shadow: Poems" By Carl Phillips Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 58 pages, $23.00 "We're not what / either of us expected, / are we?" Carl Phillips asks in his new book, Double Shadow. It's a good question, and it's one that raises another question,...
Los Angeles TimesReporting from Maui — We've been batting our way through W.S. Merwin's yard for a couple hours, swatting mosquitoes in the streambed under the dark wet canopy of towering, philodendron-draped mangoes and looking at some 700 species of palm trees,...
Tags: Gary Snyder, Washington, DC, Robert Bly, Robert Lowell, France
Special to the Los Angeles TimesIlluminations Arthur Rimbaud, translated from the French by John Ashbery W.W. Norton: 165 pp., $24.95 This may be the most beautiful book in the world — lighted from within and somehow embodying all forms of literature at the same time. The 44...
Jacket CopyIt wouldn't really be the New Yorker Festival without a little Malcolm Gladwell, would it? Today the New Yorker announced the lineup for its October festival of culture, arts and the written word. Who's taking part? A lot of the......
Jim Carroll, who died Friday of a heart attack at 60 in Manhattan, was a legend by the time he was 13. That's when the poet Ted Berrigan took him to visit Jack Kerouac, who took a look at some of Jim's writing and said, "Jim Carroll writes better prose...
Farber on Film The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber Edited by Robert Polito Library of America: 824 pp., $40 At this year's Academy Awards, the most incongruous moment came during the "In Memoriam" roll call. Among the distinguished deceased...
Richard Poirier, a literary critic and writer who was one of the founders of the Library of America, a monumental effort to keep American literary classics in print and accessible to the reading public, died Aug. 15 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He...
Times Music CriticLENOX, Mass. -- In 1986, Elliott Carter wrote "A Celebration of Some 100 x 150 Notes," a salute to Texas on its 150th anniversary. That may appear a lot of notes to fit into a three-minute piece, but this brash bevy of 11 fanfares all fighting for...
Tags: Music, Concerts, James Levine, Texas, Festive Events
'Curiosities of Literature: A Feast for Book Lovers'; 'Close Calls With Nonsense: Reading New Poetry'; 'The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else'Curiosities of Literature A Feast for Book Lovers John Sutherland Herman Graf/Skyhorse Publishing: 288 pp., $22.95 This totally silly literary miscellany is "loosely inspired" by Isaac D'Israeli's 1791 bestseller "The Curiosities of Literature." It is...
To call something "notes" means it isn't finished. A preparation for something else, or a work in progress. Or It means I know this is less than perfect. It means the piecemeal composition is acknowledged, should be applauded. "And to my horror (for I...
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