Monthly Archives: May 2013

Culture Update 05/21/2013: Orwell, Raymond Chandler, Good Will Hunting

Here are some of the projects I’m working on now: Orwell: Homage to Catalonia George Orwell has written some of my favorite fiction and nonfiction. Top points in my book go to 1984 and Down and Out in Paris and … Continue reading

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Austen Challenge: Mansfield Park

And it’s back to the Austen. I hadn’t touched an Austen novel in six months, and that was a grave mistake. My score card on my Austen travels is dreadful: Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion much loved but read years … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Poetic Bloodline

Here’s number 30, the end of this series of poetry. I have left out so many poets: Rilke, Rumi, Rimbaud, Shakespeare, Sexton, Ashberry, Baudelaire, Goethe, Petrarch, Benedetti…and these are only poets I know and like. If you “don’t like poetry,” … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Brecht

I knew today’s poet wrote polemic German plays, and that there is a style of drama sometimes named after him. I learned about him from a modern drama class, and from the documentary Theater of War (2008) (which I wrote … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: The Second Coming

Arguably the most famous modern poem written in the English language, today we have William Butler Yeats’s “The Second Coming,” endlessly quoted and referenced in our culture: “The Second Coming” Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Excerpt from Howl

Another dose of Ginsberg: I was not terribly (read: at all) interested in the Beat poets, until I saw the film Howl (2010) and discovered Allen Ginsberg. Although I began this poetry series with his “Kaddish”, “Howl” is the poem … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Sappho

Sappho was a Greek lyric poet who lived somewhere between 630 BCE and 570 BCE. She was born on the island of Lesbos, and yes, that is where the word lesbian originated from. I’ve heard scholars debate whether Sappho’s relationship … Continue reading

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