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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...
'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...
There's that John Cage quote people trot out when you call a piece of art boring — “In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one...
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TriQuarterly still serves as his calling card. Seven years after his death and nearly four decades after he stepped down as editor, Charles Newman will always be best remembered as the dashing pipe-smoker who took Northwestern University's sleepy literary...
The only time I met the poet Rae Armantrout, a few years ago, I escorted her from her hotel to the lecture hall at the University of Chicago where she was to read. We chatted, and she mentioned that she had a new book coming out. I asked her what it was...
The great theorist of psychoanalysis Jacques Lacan envisioned desire as “caught in the rails of metonymy, eternally extending toward the desire for something else.” In the rhetorical figure of metonymy, a signifier points toward something...
It is happening again. Into the mawkish nature documentaries and faddish elliptical doldrums of American poetry, John Ashbery is sticking his clown nose. For nearly a half-century Ashbery has been popping up every two or three years to remind poetry...
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There's a certain type of reader — often also a writer, with a leaf-fring'd MFA — who has it all figured out. The realist novel is a scam, a factory producing cardboard imitations of bourgeois life. This is the person at the party who mentions...
This weekend, Wesleyan University will host an array of events paying tribute to composer Alvin Lucier, who retired from the faculty in July after 40 years of teaching. Even if you aren’t familiar with Lucier’s work, you’d be challenged...
Tags: Arts, Fine Arts, Rome (Italy), Artists, Music
Los Angeles TimesA Chicago publisher was recognized during the National Book Awards ceremony as Nikky Finney won the award for poetry for her collection "Head Off & Split," which was published by Northwestern University's Triquarterly imprint. Jesmyn Ward's "Salvage the...
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Original site for John Ashbery topic gallery.