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Review: Robert Wrigley's Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems

Ben Evans | Posted 10.20.2013 | Books
Ben Evans

One asks that a poet's linguistic command be equal to the task of their vision. Robert Wrigley regards the world with unrelenting wonder and his precision with language surpasses the surgical. One can ask for little else.

Preview: California Wives', "Art History"

Ben Evans | Posted 11.04.2012 | Arts
Ben Evans

Recorded and produced by Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Muse) Art History is well paced and maintains a temperate energy throughout.

Poetry Review: Michael Tyrell's The Wanted

Ben Evans | Posted 10.27.2012 | Books
Ben Evans

The world as depicted in The Wanted is a suspicious, impersonal and frenetic place, yet clarity, and at times, even solace can be found through the speaker of these poems.

Will Oldham Speaks Truth

Ben Evans | Posted 11.01.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

Mr. Oldham talks in-depth about what drives him, some of the tenets he lives by, and his experience with The New Yorker.

A Discussion With Béla Fleck

Ben Evans | Posted 08.28.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

With an extensive tour in progress and the recent release of their latest album, Rocket Science, Béla and his Flecktones are back to work delighting listeners with the sweet sounds of bluegrass fusion.

A Few Good Questions With Justin Cronin

Ben Evans | Posted 07.17.2011 | Books
Ben Evans

A few years ago it was announced that Justin Cronin's next project would be a vampire novel. Many readers found it difficult to believe. In honor of its paperback release, I spoke with Justin last week.

John Dunsworth of Trailer Park Boys on Liquor and Politics

Ben Evans | Posted 05.31.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Evans

These are some truly choice answers taken from an audio interview I recently did with Canadian actor John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey in the famed Trailer Park Boys TV/movie franchise.

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner: An Interview

Ben Evans | Posted 05.28.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

Baltimore two-piece Wye Oak's new album Civilian could easily be just another balloon floating (briefly) up to further crowd the skies of indie rock. Yet, it isn't.

An Interview With Jeff Daniels

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

Actor Jeff Daniels has established a reputation for versatility on the big screen -- however, most don't know just how far Daniels' creative ambition extends.

The Perpetual Matt Pond

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

Since the release of their first album, Deer Apartments, in 1998, matt pond PA has witnessed several incarnations and a largely transformed music indu...

An Interview With Author Peter Carey

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ben Evans

The great thing about using the past is that it gives you the most colossal freedom to invent.

Laura Veirs -- Another Portland Gem

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

Veirs' seventh studio full-length; July Flame is a thoughtful, candid portrait of love, summer jubilation, and the nostalgia both can birth.

The Poetry of Michael Tyrell

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

To capture the voice of a city as immense and diverse as New York, to write its essence, is a challenge taken on by many resident literati.

The Real Horned Man: Exploring the Genius of Author James Lasdun

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

"I go back to that ghost of a grin on Rick's face and find I must read into it a note of resignation as well as that appearance of contentment; submis...

Catharsis and Celebration

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

The art that I am attracted to all seems, in one way or another, to be an exposition of some mercurial ache present in the human experience.

New Folk From Old Souls

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

As the digitization of modern music continues, vocal prowess and lyrical substance tend more and more to be afterthoughts. Yet, as a genre, folk still places a premium on both.