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Essays

Apr 26th 2014
In the New York Times Book Review, Adam Kirsch laments a lost love -- the poetry of T.S. Eliot.
Apr 21st 2014

The sensible Joe Nocera is concerned: Apple has lost its creative mojo.

Apr 19th 2014

Christina Baker Kline is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Trainand four other novels: 

Apr 19th 2014

On Sunday, April 13, the day before Passover, a man named Frazier Glenn Cross, known as Glenn Miller, is alleged to have shot and killed three people outside two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kansas.

Apr 19th 2014

LeRoy Neiman’s paintings, posters and famed handlebar mustache made him one of the most recognizable artists of our time. 

Apr 17th 2014

Next Sunday is Easter.  At 6:30 a.m.

Apr 16th 2014

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 24 published and forthcoming books, including Where We Belong, Walk Me Home, When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, When I Found You, and Second Hand Heart. Forthcoming are Take Me With You, and Pay It Forward: Young Readers Edition.

Apr 14th 2014
One of the biggest events in Robert Mankoff’s life was the day Nancy Pelosi stole a caption from his cartoon and used it without attribution.
Apr 10th 2014

In the introduction to his excellent history of modern art, George Heard Hamilton observed that:

Apr 10th 2014

First, a rant: Every year, the Pulitzer Prize Board announces the nominees and winners in mid-April. The nominees and winners are announced the same day. There is no Nominations Day followed a few weeks or months later by Announcement Day. There is only Announcement Day.

Apr 8th 2014

In a surprisingly self-pitying Wall Street Journal editorial, billionaire Charles Koch has put forward the proposition that the n

Apr 3rd 2014
Sergei Illiaronov informed the press a few days ago that President Vladimir Putin of Russia has an insatiable appetite.
Apr 1st 2014

We will never know what additional marvels might have come from the literary talent of Ross Lockridge, Jr., the Indiana sensation who set out to write the Great American Novel. But an exemplary biography by the author’s second son, Larry Lockridge, comes close to telling us.

Mar 22nd 2014

In the modern era, conceptual innovators have radically transformed the function and role of style in the arts. Traditionally, style was the artist’s signature or trademark, the unique and distinctive means by which he expressed his ideas or perceptions.

Mar 19th 2014

Martin Walker is a senior fellow of a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations. He is also editor-in-chief emeritus and international affairs columnist for UPI, and for many years has been a journalist for the Guardian.

Mar 19th 2014

When I was sixteen my father handed me a journal my mother had kept during the nine months she was dying of cancer.  She passed away when I was two years old and the memories I had of her were only images: lying next to her in bed listening to her read a story; putting a Speed Buggy puzzle toget

Mar 10th 2014

Fortunately, Derek Walcott didn't study psychology.

Feb 27th 2014

To the casual observer, the past three years in Russia have been particularly mystifying — bold protest marches, campaigns calling the Duma majority “crooks and thieves,” the imprisonment of some, but not all, leading dissidents, and gulag time for the outrageous Pussy Riot girls.

Feb 22nd 2014

“. . . as if language were a kind of moral cloud chamber

through which the world passed and from which

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