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W.H. Auden

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  • Critic's notebook: National Theatre's NT Live season screens big

    Critic's notebook: National Theatre's NT Live season screens big
    Late spring, give or take a couple of weeks, traditionally marks the end of the theater season. And while taking stock of the last year, I'd like to make note of a group of plays I caught in Hollywood — Helen Mirren in "Ph├Ędre," Richard Griffiths...
  • Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in 'Los Angeles in the 1930s'

    Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in  'Los Angeles in the 1930s'
    Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...
  • Book review: 'The Twilight of the Bombs' by Richard Rhodes

    Book review: 'The Twilight of the Bombs' by Richard Rhodes
    The concluding volume in the magisterial historical tetralogy Richard Rhodes calls "The Making of the Nuclear Age" bears a weighty subtitle that hints at its somewhat discursive nature. "The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and...
  • W.S. Merwin is green as U.S. poet laureate

    W.S. Merwin is green as U.S. poet laureate
    Reporting from Maui — We've been batting our way through W.S. Merwin's yard for a couple hours, swatting mosquitoes in the streambed under the dark wet canopy of towering, philodendron-draped mangoes and looking at some 700 species of palm trees,...
  • Book Review: Adam Phillips' "On Balance"

    Book Review: Adam Phillips' "On Balance"
    On Balance Adam Phillips Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 314 pp., $26 What is it, exactly, that makes reading Adam Phillips such a refreshing, rewarding and invigorating experience? A psychoanalyst who splits his time between his private practice and his...
  • Discoveries

    Discoveries
    Playing With the Grown-Ups A Novel Sophie Dahl Doubleday/Nan A. Talese: 272 pp., $24 "She does have children, you know," Kitty's magisterial grandfather would tell potential suitors who called looking for Kitty's beautiful mother, Marina. Kitty grew...
  • Two timeless, Depression-era novels from Edward Anderson

    Two timeless, Depression-era novels from Edward Anderson
    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...
  • Dreams of an endless summer

    Dreams of an endless summer
    By Richard Rayner Off the southwest coast of Finland are more than 80,000 small islands left by the retreating ice 10,000 years ago. Some of the islands are mere rocks, washed by the cool waters of the Baltic, but many are covered in pine and fir trees...
  • Harold Norse dies at 92; Beat poet was a literary beacon in the gay community

    Harold Norse, a San Francisco poet often associated with the Beats, who was mentor or peer to many of the greatest talents in 20th century American literature, including Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski, has died....
  • Billy Mays dies at 50; boisterous TV pitchman

    Billy Mays dies at 50; boisterous TV pitchman
    As elegies go, it wasn't W.H. Auden. But one had to imagine that Billy Mays, the booming TV infomercial pitchman, would have appreciated the YouTube comment that, despite its misspellings, merged a farewell with yet another testimonial for one of his many...
  • Thank thee, bishops

     
    America's Roman Catholic bishops aren't completely obsessed by abortion and gay marriage. My former colleague Ann Rodgers, one of the best religion reporters around, reports in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that bishops have been battling over whether to...