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Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.18.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Did I mention the play we saw yesterday had full frontal nudity? Yep. And they didn't even mention it on their flyers! A couple of un-circumcised willy's were on full view and it did make it hard to look anywhere else when they whipped them out.

Rome Journal: Ruins

Francis Levy | Posted 03.23.2015 | Travel
Francis Levy

Tintern Abbey is a famous ruin. Wordsworth's poem, "Tintern Abbey"(1798) reflects the once grand structure's sublimity.


Francis Levy | Posted 02.05.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

Heidegger said that the only way to live an authentic existence is through the awareness of death. By this definition Zadie Smith is living an inauthe...

A Fatal Likeness: Mary Shelley and Monsters

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.15.2013 | Home
Nina Sankovitch

Mary Shelley wrote the most famous monster story of all time, Frankenstein. Or did she really? That question is just one of the literary mysteries ex...

This Valentine's Day, Learn to Recite Romantic-era Poetry on Cue

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 04.13.2013 | Home
Nick Kolakowski

Love poetry from other eras tries for elegant and understated. Romantic verse will do everything other poems cannot, and if you reject it, it will set itself on fire, because the pain of that will soothe in comparison to the agony of losing your heart forever.

'The Green Man Is a Green Terrorist'

Jan Herman | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Jan Herman

My blog staff of thousands didn't have to do much to persuade me that Heathcote Williams's newest dissident poem, a rhymed marvel of CAT-scan clarity, will be seen one day as a YouTube classic. Here are the opening lines transcribed from the video in four-line stanzas.

Obama + Shelley Get it Right: Poets ARE the Unacknowledged Legislators of the World! (An OMNIBUS Book Review)

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 08.23.2012 | Home
Carol Muske-Dukes

Poetry (when it works) miraculously reveals to us how knowledge transforms into insight. We glimpse the imagination at work and we marvel. Few grasp the extent of Poetry's relevance to everything in our lives -- including politics.

V Is for Vampire

Varla Ventura | Posted 04.15.2012 | Weird News
Varla Ventura

I had no idea what I had stumbled upon when I began reading The Vampyre, initially attracted only by its title.

Percy Bysshe Shelley "On Life"

Carolyn Vega | Posted 03.10.2012 | New York
Carolyn Vega

2012-01-09-pullquote.jpgThis essay, which is considered one of his most important prose works, was first penned sometime in late 1819 in the back of a small vellum-bound notebook.

PHOTOS: History’s Most Distinguished Literary Hair | Posted 07.11.2011 | Home

In preparation for Celebrating 100 Years, the New York Public Library’s centennial exhibition, the curators at the library came upon some unexpected...

Is It Time to Throw Out Your Books?

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.03.2015 | Home
Lev Raphael

Soon after Amazon announced it was selling 143 ebooks for every 100 hardcovers, a writer friend with a new iPad told me she had gotten rid of five shelves of books.

Literary Prodigies: Fran Lebowitz Said There Aren't Any...True? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Literary prodigies. In the Scorsese documentary on her, Fran Liebowitz claimed there weren't any, but we beg to differ. There's always Anne Frank, but...

Poetic Viagra: Emily Dickinson's Friskiest Poems

Stephanie Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephanie Green

Here are some classic examples of Miss Dickinson's naughty but nice verses. Caution: Do not try reading these at home alone.

It's Alive: Mary Shelley's first Work Gets Remixed

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Back in 1808, a 10-year-old Mary Shelley broke into the book business. Her anarchist philosopher father owned a publishing company, and was creating a children's book called Mounseer Nongtongpaw.

Big Brother 12: The Sorrows of Boobiac

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

We rejoin our competition with the houseguests clinging to a spinning giant paint can while being splattered with gaily-colored effluvia, and slapped by a paint brush the size of my second husband.

Big Brother 12: I, Boobiac!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Captain Kosher's parting shots last week set off dynamite in Rachel, aka Boobiac, which detonated in Kristen's face the moment Boobiac won HOH a second time, thus demonstrating that she is the Empress Caligulotta.

What Really Matters?

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

Which weighs more on the What Really Matters scale, a life of selfless, loving service to loved ones, or a couple of published books? How do we measure the value of our time?