| Oct 4, 2009
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
And Other Tales from
a Rock 'n' Roll Life
Rodale: 280 pp., $24.99
| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Nov 10, 2009
Despite his reputation as a public performer, the poet Robert Frost came uneasily both to readings and lectures of any kind. He was so nervous about public speaking that he once put stones in his shoes to distract him from stage fright; early on, he...
| Aug 9, 2009
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...
| Aug 30, 2009
Love and Summer
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...
| Sep 8, 2009
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...
| Mar 8, 2009
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...
| Apr 4, 2009
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...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. With apologies to Robert Frost, ice wouldn’t stand a chance in the world of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which lit the match on another incendiary holiday spectacle on Sunday at Amway Center. TSO...
| Mar 17, 2013
| 3:45 AM
Emma Libersky, a sophomore at Plymouth High School, got top honors at the Indiana Poetry Out Loud Competition in Indy. She will represent the state at the national finals on April 29-30 in Washington, D.C.
Twenty-four other schools competed but Emma...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 2:14 PM
I'm living an austere lifestyle as I write these words. At least, as austere as possible under the circumstances.
My Twitter and Facebook accounts are logged off. My iPhone, which harbors my Hotmail account and text messages, is in my pocket untouched....