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The usual suspects deliver
by Jay Nordlinger | Apr 24, 2015 10:41 AM

The sound of silence
by Natasha Simons | Apr 23, 2015 02:40 PM

April 2015 Volume 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.



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

From Hesiod's "Works and Days" 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
on The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 3, 1957-1965
by Samuel Beckett,George Craig,Martha Dow Fehsenfeld,Dan Gunn,Lois More Overbeck
reviewed by John Simon

Spots of intensity
on Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language
by Clive James
reviewed by Micah Mattix

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

A master’s minor works
on Sometimes an Art: Nine Essays on History
by Bernard Bailyn
reviewed by Joshua Dill