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Dec 2nd 2014

So it’s Saturday night, date night, and I’m looking for somewhere fun to take my wife.  Then I see there’s something called Ice Theatre of New York.  And The New York Times has called it one of the 10 best cultural experiences in New York City.

Dec 2nd 2014

Roderick Thorp was part of a small group of novelists who came together on a monthly basis in the late eighties in Los Angeles to chew the fat.

Dec 2nd 2014

Are Western historians going soft on the Cold War that the Russians waged against the West for 45 years?

Nov 27th 2014

Louis Lewandowski may be the greatest German composer you’ve never heard of.  But hearing his setting of Psalm 150, just once, launched the career of America’s leading conductor of Jewish music.  And hearing his music, just once, launched a festival

Nov 26th 2014

I could decry the stores that open on Thanksgiving Day,

Or how, among the young, antisocial media holds sway,

Ferguson’s cry for justice that the system will not heed,

Nov 17th 2014

Peter Yarrow has every right to be disappointed with our war-torn world. 

At 76, however, he remains hopeful that things can improve and that he—and music—can still be the catalyst for change.

Nov 15th 2014

After ten years of planning and six years of construction the Harvard Art Museums opens its doors to the public on November 16. The $350 million renovation combines the collections of three distinct museums – the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M.
Nov 13th 2014

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is director of the Clinical Bioethics Department of the US National Institutes of Health, and heads the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been acknowledged as the prime mover and advocate for Obamacare.

Nov 5th 2014

There is always a point, about 250 pages into writing a novel, where I want to set fire to it.

I have done that in the past. Twice. Thankfully, by now I’ve learned that the whole point of writing a first draft is to get it on the page so you can fix it.

Nov 1st 2014

When composer Morton Feldman first heard Atlas Eclipticalis by John Cage he described it as “the most thrilling experience of my life.” The comp

Oct 26th 2014

Why attempt to create art, I ask, to make something “other” when faced with the dilemmas of existence, with, as I’ve said in one of my own short stories, “all the ways that life betrays the living?”

Oct 23rd 2014

Mother-Daughter Book Club fans, rejoice.  Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the erudite and beloved series of novels for and about girls who love to read, has reversed her decision to end matters after six volumes and will publish the seventh—and absolute

Oct 21st 2014

Imagine if you had all the time, money, and knowledge of art to fly around the world, visit museums, galleries, and churches in the company of the world’s top art critics, and then describe what makes great works of art—ones with which most people are not familiar—grea

Oct 20th 2014

Bob Dylan likes to use other people's words, and images. Some people object to this.

Oct 17th 2014

Colm Herron, a Facts & Arts columnist, has just published a new book: The Wake (and what Jeremiah Did Next)

This is the introduction to the book on Amazon:

Oct 13th 2014

To the English-speaking world at least, the awarding of the 2014 Nobel Prize for literature to French author Patrick Modiano will probably have come as a surprise. Many won’t even have heard his name.

Oct 10th 2014

A novel written in an invented “shadow tongue” to give the feel of Early Middle English has a place on the shortlist for the Goldsmiths book prize for innovative fiction.
Oct 8th 2014

Holland might seem an unlikely place to go to see the art of a great American artist, but I am here to tell you it is worth the trip.

Oct 6th 2014

Seamus Heaney’s final poem has been published just over a year after his death.

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