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Philip Larkin

The Poetic Host

Tamsin Smith | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Compass and clock. People have plans. People set deadlines. Old men and young tourists all crave beauty. But, as each singular human's history proves, the expected is not the actual.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Reinventing Ibsen for The Daughter

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Henrik Ibsen's work is all about ghosts from the past that somehow find their way back into our lives and alter it. These days, his plays feel very contemporary, because this idea that those hurting then go on to hurt others is a concept we are surrounded by, especially in the Arab world.

A Poet's Truth, and a Mother's

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Jeremiah Horrigan

In late December, my daughter Annie asked me how to repair a poorly-mounted drawing I'd made for her some dozen years ago. ​The drawing was my attempt to illustrate a favorite poem of ours, "Days," by the English poet Philip Larkin.

First Nighter": A Feeble "Fable," A Lively "So, This Then is Life"

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When Chandra (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) slips happily through an upstage door to smell the trellis roses at the start of A Fable, David Van Asselt's new play at the Cherry Lane, it's the extremely naïve theater-goer who won't immediately guess that the young girl's innocent joy isn't going to last much longer.

Do Poets Peak Young? Don't Believe It

David Galenson | Posted 06.30.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

Do poets peak early? Apparent evidence that they do is provided by the striking list of poets who made major contributions in spite of dying young. But they are only part of the discipline.

Philip Larkin's 'Talking in Bed'

Bobby Elliott | Posted 05.12.2013 | Books
Bobby Elliott

Philip Larkin has emerged as one of England's towering literary figures. Here, he has always been kept at a safe but praising distance, something The Complete Poems hopes to change. It's something I would like to change, too.

How To Be Good: Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Perhaps goodness is defined by grace in the face of life's unfairness: how a person acts when her husband leaves, or when something she wants so much is denied her, against all expectations.