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William Butler Yeats

The Worst Are Full of Passionate Intensity

Michael Benson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Benson

If the events in Richmond, Kentucky, and Paris, France, have served any purpose for those who have witnessed them, it is to compel all of us to remember the words of Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Forever Writing From Ireland

Poetry Foundation | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Poetry Foundation

What defines Irish poetry today? A survey of recently published Irish titles suggests the striking variety of voices, aesthetics, and anxieties emerging from the Emerald Isle.

Mindfulness: Do You Have the Courage to Surrender?

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Steven Crandell

As a kid, I dreaded having to say, "uncle." Red-faced and sweating, I would struggle with all my strength to avoid getting pinned on the playgroun...

Most Scenic Drive in the World? Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Richard Bangs | Posted 07.07.2015 | Travel
Richard Bangs

I shoulder my pack and begin the hike upwards. Stopping at an overview I feel like I've been slipped a mild tranquilizer. I swallow a set of tears. Is it the wind, or the view? The air is the freshest I've ever breathed, a salt wash for the soul.

Bob Dylan as America: Knausgaard in Duluth

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

The music of America is alive and well, on stage in the hands of the master of the selfless self, the king of the not-one's-one. I'd like to invite Knausgaard to the show, the next time he's here for a visit.

ISIL: The Second Coming

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Fairouz

The worst way to follow the disastrous foreign policy of George W. Bush's era may be with a disaffected administration that seems to be uninterested in forming a coherent and strong U.S. outlook on the world. This is bad timing as the stakes couldn't be higher.

Beyond Guinness in Dublin, Part One: The Arts

Edward Schneider | Posted 12.03.2014 | Travel
Edward Schneider

We arranged most of our time in Dublin with the arts and history in mind, and in those areas the place shines, as it does in urban beauty, walkability and general pleasantness -- thanks in no small part to its populace, who live up to their reputation for easy friendliness.

W.B. Yeats and Sligo, Then and Now

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

What did Yeats love about Sligo? First, having family there - his mother's people, the Pollexfens and Middletons, were of Sligo. Second, the landscape and freedom to range, both physically, and imaginatively, within that landscape.

Life Journeys: Conversations With Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Gorka

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?

It Takes a Nation to Fix a Government

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Should we merely await the next manufactured crisis, frustrated that the only thing that stands between us and national success is our government, making us feel more and more helpless or hoping it will all somehow go away?

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.

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.

Great Scott! Talking An Appointment With Mr. Yeats and More With The Waterboys' Mike Scott

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.07.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Mike Scott of The Waterboys is back in the U.S.A., with a marvelous new album (An Appointment With Mr Yeats) and a fresh, well-received autobiography (Adventures of a Waterboy).

'Chekhov's Enlightenment'

Francis Levy | Posted 03.13.2013 | Books
Francis Levy

Rather than Enlightenment figures like Locke, you might say that Chekhov had more in common with Edmund Burke to the extent that his skepticism and anti-millenarianism were rooted in the doctor's understanding of the complexity of pathology.

So You're Bored of the Newtown Massacre?

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

2012-12-31-NRAbanner.jpgDo you care as much about your children as owners care about their guns? That's an offensive question, isn't it.

The Season of Innocence

Kara Gebhart Uhl | Posted 02.05.2013 | Parents
Kara Gebhart Uhl

As a mother who holds innocence dear, and is OK with a white lie for the young, I love this season.

Why Jerusalem Rocket Attacks Change Everything

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

Many thought Hamas didn't have the technological ability to send missiles to Jerusalem. Many others believed that Hamas would never fire missiles on the city because it houses Islam's third most holy site. But those assumptions can no longer be assumed.

Ghost Taps, Pookas, and Other Creatures of the Night

Varla Ventura | Posted 12.01.2012 | Weird News
Varla Ventura

I listened, a little breathless. Tap tap tap. What was it? The fridge churning? The wind rattling the windows? Tap tap tap. Pause. Tap tap tap. Pause. This went on for two or three minutes, something that sounded like a cupboard opening and closing.

A Poetry App Worth a Look (and a Listen)

John Lundberg | Posted 11.16.2012 | Arts
John Lundberg

True to Hart's vision, readers can study all of the app's offerings quietly, or can call on the voice of a skilled reader. The app features a star-studded lineup, including Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, former James Bond actor Roger Moore and playwright Harold Pinter.

Escape From The Busy Trap

Jack Levison | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
Jack Levison

What do we get for slowing down, for sitting peaceably at summer's end, talking of poetry? We get called an idler by the noisy set, the productive people, the bankers, the schoolmasters, the clergy, the active folk, the busy people.

Shudder & Sigh

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.11.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Certainly, there's a crumbling here, a lost limb there, and plenty of poems that remind us of the folly of seeking immortality through hard materials. But I hadn't thought of sculpture as quite so liquid a pleasure before watching Rivers and Tides.

Giving Thanks -- For the Occupation, For the Intensity, For the Innocence

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

While the Arab Spring showed that people can still accomplish the impossible, our political debate was frozen in corporate cynicism. Now everything has changed. For the U.S., spring came in autumn.

Sketches of Spain

Tamsin Smith | Posted 10.07.2011 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

What makes a good life? Artistotle put in a plug for happiness, though his is a much more disciplined and nuanced use of the phrase. "Happy" -- ubiq...

Among School Children

Tamsin Smith | Posted 09.18.2011 | Home
Tamsin Smith

All the songs on this name-your-price collection represent a story-telling collaboration between The Great Unknown and America SCORES schoolchildren from five cities across the country.

Where Were You When...?

Robert Schwab | Posted 07.03.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Where were you when you heard Osama bin Laden was dead? I was dancing a jig in front of my TV. And couldn't help but imagine the short lecture Allah ...