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CultureZohn: Truman Capote's Brooklyn

Patricia Zohn | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Underneath this very majestic staircase in the basement apartment, Truman Capote was putting the finishing touches on Miss Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's and capturing the twisted murder of In Cold Blood. Along with a recently published cache of photographs by David Attie of Capote and his Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, you can still see where Capote lived and worked and get a feel for his special world.

Just Messages

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Anger can be constructive. Too much can be destructive. Energy is best pointed in the direction where it can make a lasting difference. Each of us will decide when to fight and how to heal.

A Conversation With Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet -- This Week With San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.06.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony this week in four performances of Leonard Bernstein's "Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety."

7 Things You Never Knew About Christopher Isherwood

Chris Freeman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Freeman

Christopher Isherwood (1904-86) was an Anglo-American writer whose novels, memoirs, plays, and diaries span the 20th century, from his modernist beginnings in the late 1920s to his pathbreaking memoirs of the 1970s.

Agents of Hope

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.23.2015 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

We live in an age in which the attack on language is endemic; an age in which techniques like the filibuster have been used to effect mass dysfunction in governance and prevent people from talking to one another.

Daily Meditation: A Passion For Life

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Conversation With New Zealander Baritone, Hadleigh Adams

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.26.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The featured work is Gabriel Kahane's The Memory Palace which will be sung by baritone Hadleigh Adams. I recently met with Hadleigh to talk about this unusual work which deals with emotional connections to physical space.

Invisible Acts of Selflessness

Michael Drew | Posted 05.12.2014 | Books
Michael Drew

He was one of the most famous poets of his age, and often called upon to weigh in on events, which he resisted. He preferred to act anonymously, acting on behalf of others, but never calling attention to himself.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Pink Triangles: Vices and Verses From a Gay Lit Crowd

Perry Brass | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Perry Brass

First a little quiz: A) What do Rock Hudson, Alfred Lunt, Lorenz Hart, Rudolph Nureyev, Dana Andrews, Montgomery Clift, Leonard Bernstein, Zachary ...

A Return to Language

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

My friend and collaborator Seamus Heaney was buried two months ago. It seemed particularly cruel to me that we would lose a poetic giant in a time when the need for a return to language seems to be vital to the future of humanity.

Poetic Late Bloomers: William Butler Yeats as Model

David Galenson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

The myth of early poetic greatness is an unfortunate example of synecdoche, for it mistakes one part of poetry for the whole.

How Much Are Great Poems Worth?

John Lundberg | Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts
John Lundberg

The sale of poet and scholar Roy Davids' remarkable poetry collection, part of which took place at Bonhams Auction House in London this past week, offered us a glimpse of just how valuable collectors consider rare poetry manuscripts to be.

The Smell of Jasmine, the Calm of the Crowd

Tom Healy | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts
Tom Healy

Do you know what a jasmine flower looks like? If you close your eyes, can you see it? Can you smell it? It is the ancient smell of calm. The cool beauty of the night.

Speak, Memory

Daniel Maidman | Posted 06.03.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Fedele Spadafora is a New York artist who is in the home stretch of that anxious journey which characterizes the development of the technically-trained painter: he is just about done making pictures in homage to his skills, and has nearly made his skills the servants of a vision.

Burning Manifesto

Tamsin Smith | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Some places must be seen, touched, and tasted live and in person, to be truly known. The Playa of Black Rock City is one of these.

Stage Door: February House

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.23.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The trials and tribulations, both artistic and personal, of this singular crew would make a compelling story. However, the characters of February House are drawn in brushstrokes; there isn't enough at stake.

Of Odes and Oms

Tamsin Smith | Posted 04.29.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

This Sunday -- day of rest for the restless - I'm signed up to take a yoga class for writers. I love the idea of unleashing my imagination while aligning my spine.

The Absurdity Of Christmas

David Lose | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
David Lose

I've been struck by the ads and billboards atheists have purchased this year suggesting that Christmas is a myth. Struck. Not offended or angered. Just struck. And they may be right.

Portraits Of Authors In Their Own Words | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books

People say that the lines in your face are representative of the life you’ve led – as in, love your laugh lines because clearly you’ve had a goo...

'A Thousand Twangling Instruments'

Tamsin Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamsin Smith

Suffering is not the opposite of joy -- they are foreground and background. One unfolds and magnifies the other. When a smile can be forged from anguish, then it's a thing of beauty and truth.

The Ten Best Love Poems Ever Written In Honor Of Valentine's Day 2011

James Scarborough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Scarborough

Mindful of Paul Valery's painfully true contention that "Love is being stupid together," how about ten poems and ten paintings that celebrate the art of being stupid together? Come on, just this once.

The Annunciation Of Mary: Ambiguity, Perplexity And Truth

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Confessing our uncertainties in the face of complex circumstances may prove finally to be a very good thing, even something of a gift. They bring us face to face with the limit where human understanding fails.

A Necessary Poet

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

W.H. Auden, in his wonderful book of essays, The Dyer's Hand, imagined a "College for Bards", a cheerfully eccentric institution offering a refreshi...

Super Poems: Other Comic Books Inspired by Verse

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

In a plot line inspired by Robert Frost's poem "Road Not Taken," fictional character Archie Andrews has already proposed to Veronica and will propose to Betty next month. I wonder what it would be like if other comics were inspired by poems...

The Failure of Filters -- Why We're Getting Dumber by the Hour

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gerald Sindell

The expectation that most of the audience would rush out and purchase the book, as Oprah's audience does today, was not there. With a good book reviewer, you didn't need to do any page turning yourself.