| Oct 4, 2009
Farber on Film
The Complete Film Writings
of Manny Farber
Edited by Robert Polito
Library of America: 824 pp., $40
At this year's Academy Awards, the most incongruous moment came during the "In Memoriam" roll call. Among the distinguished deceased...
| Sep 20, 2009
| 4:33 PM
???Knoxville: Summer 1915??? has always threatened to eclipse the rest of James Agee???s ???A Death in the Family.??? Agee???s beautiful evocation of fathers at their lonely twilight posts is the section I look forward to most when I return to......
| Apr 1, 2009
Helen Levitt, who pioneered street photography in the United States in the 1930s, taking pictures of small, poignant dramas with the help of an inconspicuous Leica camera, died Sunday at her apartment in New York City. She was 95.
The cause was...
| Feb 1, 2009
It was Tuesday, May 30, 1922, the day of the dedication of the solemn and splendid memorial to Abraham Lincoln in Washington, and the ceremony on the Mall featured speeches by President Warren Harding and Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
| Dec 15, 2008
Call it the gospel of hard times. With all this bad economic news, we're starting to hear a chorus of voices preaching the cultural benefits of financial crises.
Surely it has reached your ears: A recession could force us to spend more time with our...
| Aug 17, 2008
The poet Weldon Kees was born in Beatrice, Neb., in 1914, though what's best known about him is that on July 18, 1955, his car was found abandoned with the keys still in the ignition in a parking lot on the Marin County side of the Golden Gate Bridge....
| Jun 22, 2008
Edward Anderson had a strange and sad career. He was born in Texas in 1905 and grew up in Oklahoma, serving his apprenticeship as a journalist on a small paper in Ardmore, Okla. Restless, he worked as a deckhand on a freighter, plied his fists as a...
| Mar 2, 2008
By Richard Rayner
"Ulysses" (Vintage: $17 paper) is the description of a single day, June 16, 1904, a day in the mingled lives of characters walking, talking, dreaming, eating, drinking, mourning and climaxing their way through the hours of an average...