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Entries by Christopher Lydon from 12/2009

Out of Yearning, Order: Henri Cole's poetry

| Posted 12.08.2009 | Books
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The poet Henri Cole got his French first name from his Armenian mother. From his father, a military man, he got his Southern speech and, in what soun...

This "Year of India": Rana Dasgupta

| Posted 12.08.2009 | World
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Rana Dasgupta's India is a land of grueling poverty still, in a culture transfixed by glittering wealth. The dominant mood is "frenzied accumulation"...

Suketu Mehta: Bombay's Biographer

| Posted 12.09.2009 | Books

Suketu Mehta's masterwork, Maximum City, did for Bombay what the immortals Dickens and Balzac did for London and Paris.

Keith Waldrop, Quilter in Phrases

| Posted 12.12.2009 | Books

Keith Waldrop eschews any intention or meaning that you could point to in his work. He makes statements here and there, but his poetry, he's said, is about "having nothing to say and saying it."

Orhan Pamuk and his Museum: This Is Your Brain on Novels

| Posted 12.14.2009 | Books

Orhan Pamuk's new novel, "The Museum of Innocence", is about the collectible evidence - the earrings, the cigarette stubs, the views out the bedroom window - of a blissful love affair going bad.

Sir Andrew Motion: poetry that looks like water and bites like gin

| Posted 12.18.2009 | Books

Sir Andrew Motion succeeded Dryden, Wordsworth, Tennyson and, immediately, Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. He can sound like the el...

Gordon Wood: Empire and Liberty, then and now

| Posted 12.21.2009 | Politics

Gordon Wood, the wonderfully plain-spoken Pulitzer and Bancroft prize historian at Brown, thinks that Thomas Jefferson would find Barack Obama obnoxio...

Robin Kelley's Transcendental Thelonious Monk

| Posted 12.23.2009 | Books

There's a vastly detailed, fresh take here on an immortal jazz pianist and composer whose life is often remembered as freakish, at best impossibly mysterious.

Rick Benjamin: Read Poetry To Change Your Life

| Posted 12.31.2009 | Books

Rick Benjamin says the reason to write poetry is to be of use, he says. The reason to read poetry is that it might change your life.