| Mar 18, 2014
| 1:53 PM
On March 15, while much of Austin, Texas, was drowning in music and marketing and thousands of tiny bands were running the streets trying to make a dent, history was being made on a little stage at B.D. Riley's.
Chances are you didn't hear about Side...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:36 PM
Connecting to the earth is a kind of therapy for many gardeners and in some cases serves as inspiration outside the garden.
"I love to garden," says singer Weba Garretson of her Echo Park backyard. "It gives me sanity to be in the yard."
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:34 PM
Congratulations to the five Americans who appear on the first shortlist of the British Folio Prize. The shortlist, announced Monday, is eight authors long. In addition to the Americans, one Canadian and two British-born authors are on the list.
| Feb 7, 2014
| 10:10 PM
Decades before she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Maxine Kumin was a student at Radcliffe College who had summoned the courage to show a handful of her poems to an instructor.
His comment couldn't have been more withering. "Say it with flowers,"...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 7:06 AM
Musically speaking, one of the best parts of the breakout success of “True Detective” is the window it opens into the world of the Handsome Family. The husband-wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks composed “Far From Any Road,”...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 2:57 PM
Vanilla Ice has made a career out of being embarrassing in a wholly self-aware way. The rapper’s latest foray into cringe-inducing territory? Shucking and jiving for Kraft macaroni and cheese.
Ice lends his “Ninja Rap” to a new...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 10:13 AM
Maxine Kumin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New England writer and onetime U.S. poet laureate, began writing poetry in the 1950s. She hated it when early mentors told her they liked her work because “she wrote like a man.” Alongside her friend...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:51 PM
With a strong push from MTV, spoken-word poetry went mainstream in the mid-1990s, and Maggie Estep was its leading lady.
Dressed in black, often backed by a rock band, Estep was a sassy, slightly twisted New Yorker who wrote and performed humorous,...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 6:00 AM
This is not a light and easy Valentine’s Day book recommendation.
The Russian poet Vera Pavlova is a fiercely sensual writer.
Her collection, “If There Is Something to Desire: One Hundred Poems,” is not the sort of book you buy for...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Maggie Estep, novelist and spoken word artist, has died at age 50, the New York Times reported. Estep, who published seven books after her start on stage, suffered a heart attack two days ago at her home in Hudson, N.Y., and died Wednesday at a hospital...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Philip Schultz's "The Wherewithal" is a book in which time has come undone. Taking place in San Francisco in 1968, it also reaches back to the Holocaust — specifically, the Jedwabne pogrom of July 1941, when Polish civilians killed more than 300...