| Dec 20, 2009
It was already clear, in December of 1999, that books were a dying species. Already more people seemed interested in producing novels than consuming them, and when it came to serious works, there seemed more fascination with the writer than the writing....
| Feb 26, 2010
Whether they're true or not, myths and legends that surround poets help us to see their work in a comprehensible context. Say the names Keats, Poe or Plath, for instance, and images of consumption, drug addiction and mental illness may come to mind,...
| Mar 20, 2011
The Red Garden
Crown: 275 pp., $25
"The Red Garden" is a fantastical history of Blackwell, Mass., from 1750 to the present, replete with intermarried families, melancholic bears and altruistic mermaids. If you have trouble with...
| May 22, 2011
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry
Edited by Ilan Stavans
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 729 pp., $50
Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um…?"
And now, the question:...
| Sep 12, 2010
Selected Poems and Commentaries
Harvard University Press: 530 pp., $35
I'm just a regular reader, you say. I read for pleasure. Why should I read the commentaries of critic Helen Vendler on the "epigrammatic, terse, abrupt,...
| Sep 27, 2010
Alvin Lawson, an English professor at Cal State Long Beach who spent decades studying unidentified flying objects and questioning the beliefs of people who said they had been abducted, has died. He was 80.
Lawson died Sept. 8 at Western Medical Center in...
| Oct 3, 2010
Poems and Prose Poems
Beacon Press: 96 pp., $23
"What can I say that I have not said before?" the poet Mary Oliver wonders on page 1 of this, her 20th collection. "So I'll say it again./The leaf has a song in it." She is a little...
| Sep 4, 2011
In 1937, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay came close to refusing an honorary degree from New York University when she learned she had been excluded from a reception for male recipients of the doctorate at the Waldorf-Astoria and instead was to have a quiet...
| Dec 4, 2011
The Art Nouveau movement covered it all — decorative arts, architecture, fashion, dance, advertising and more — and this book seeks to restore the movement's prominence in the discussion of modern art....
| May 22, 2011
Here at Book Review, we know what looked good to us on the summer bookshelves, but we couldn't help but wonder what some of our favorite authors were looking forward to tossing in their travel bag or bringing out to the backyard or the beach for one of...
| May 29, 2008
| 5:31 PM
All that noise and no singing -- that's not music.
That's what they said about Glenn Miller! Probably not, but people rioted over Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." My point here is that I've heard some old-people music, so you should trust me.