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April 2015Volume 33, Number 8  

Notes & Comments

Campus inquisition

The treatment of John McAdams at Marquette University reveals the newest level of intolerance in the world of higher education.

Meanwhile, at Wesleyan . . .

On the latest initiative out of Wesleyan University.


Pound’s Metro

by William Logan

A deeper look into In a Station of the Metro reveals much about Pound's development as a poet.

Jonson for all time

by Paul Dean

On Cambridge University Press's seven-volume collection of Ben Jonson's works.

“Poetry & Truth”

by David Yezzi

Poets, like journalists, historians, are after the truth. But what kind of truth, exactly, do we find in poetry?

“Our duty to praise”

by Bill Coyle

On the poet P. J. Kavanagh.

Langston Hughes’s two faces

by Michael Anderson

A new selection of Langston Hughes's letters shows how the "beloved bard of black America" was caught between the world he was born into and the one his poetry embodied.



by A E Stallings

Introduction to a selection from Hesiod's Work and Days, translated by A. E. Stallings


Tintern Abbey

by Anthony Daniels

Tintern Abbey has changed quite a bit from Wordsworth's day.


History lessons

by Andrew Stuttaford

On Churchill at New York’s New World Stages; An Octoroon at Theatre for a New Audience & The Events at New York Theatre Workshop.


Piero di Cosimo in Washington

by Marco Grassi

“Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence” at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Plains Indians at the Met

by Karen Wilkin

On “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Exhibition note

by Leann Davis Alspaugh

On "Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds” at High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Exhibition note

by Dominic Green

"The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860” at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

Gallery chronicle

by James Panero

On “between a place and candy: new works in pattern + repetition + motif” at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery; “Tadasky: Control and Invention, 1964–2008” at D. Wigmore Fine Art & “Breaking Pattern” at Minus Space.


New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On James MacMillan's Piano Concerto No. 3; Jamie Barton and Bradley Moore at Zenkel Hall; Behzod Abduraimov at Weill Recital Hall & more.

The Media

Scandal, or lack thereof

by James Bowman

On the thin line between scandal and partisan rhetoric.


Beckett two ways

by John Simon

on The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 3, 1957-1965 by Samuel Beckett,George Craig,Martha Dow Fehsenfeld,Dan Gunn,Lois More Overbeck

Spots of intensity

by Micah Mattix

on Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language by Clive James

Attention crisis

by Ian Tuttle

on The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford

A master’s minor works

by Joshua Dill

on Sometimes an Art: Nine Essays on History by Bernard Bailyn

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