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Book review: ‘The Best of It: New and Selected Poems' by Kay Ryan The Best of It New and Selected Poems Kay Ryan Grove: 270 pp., $24 Contemporary poetry is a bit like visual art. Much of it makes you grab your chin and nod in stumped...
Tags: John Freeman, Wallace Stevens
Stewart L. Udall, who as Interior secretary in the 1960s vastly expanded the country's system of national parks and monuments and developed far-reaching legislation to protect public lands, has died. He was 90. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD:...
Anton Chekhov A Brother's Memoir Mikhail Chekhov, translated from the Russian by Eugene Alper Palgrave Macmillan: 230 pp., $25 Anton Chekhov's life is well documented: When he died of consumption in 1904 at age 44, he was honored all over the world....
Oxford Revisited Justin Cartwright Bloomsbury: 222 pp., $18 Travel writing is a category filled with subsets and divisions, but there are two principal modes. The first is that of discovery -- a voyager sets out to find a place that he or she has never...
CRITICISM IN AMERICAN CULTURE: New releases Here are five titles that put the lie to the notion that criticism is a dying art. Corn Flakes With John Lennon And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life Robert Hilburn Rodale: 280 pp., $24.99 Hilburn,...
Love and Summer A Novel William Trevor Viking: 212 pp., $25.95 That William Trevor has not yet received the Nobel Prize in Literature strikes me as a shame. Surely his absence from the list of laureates has more to do with the politics of national...
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...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterCALIFORNIA Taste of Yountville Mustard lovers and others can graze at this Napa Valley event, part of the annual Mustard Festival, which ends March 29. Tastings are provided by 15 area restaurants, 20 local wineries and a variety of mustard and olive-...
Tags: Mustard, Arts and Culture, Petroleum Industry, Sports, Poetry
Times Staff WritersPearl Inferrera had $70 to her name when she arrived at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. At 83, she had fallen in her apartment and broken her wrist. Doctors diagnosed her with dementia and chronic anemia. Inferrera's meager circumstances and...
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Tom Braden, a former CIA operative who became a syndicated newspaper columnist, liberal co-host of the CNN talk show "Crossfire" and author of "Eight Is Enough," a 1975 memoir that spawned the popular television series, died of natural causes Friday at...
Quick: What do rocker Melissa Etheridge, self-help guru M. Scott Peck and troubled insurance giant AIG have in common? Answer: A common misreading of one of America's most famous poems. All have made use of a line from Robert Frost's 1916 poem, "The...
Tags: M. Scott Peck, Sociology, Poetry, Middlebury, Politics
Andrew Wyeth, whose realistic yet often melancholy paintings of rural Pennsylvania and Maine made him one of America's most popular living artists, and whose 1948 landscape "Christina's World" was one of the 20th century's most famous artworks, died...
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Original site for Robert Frost topic gallery.