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William Butler Yeats

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 John...you 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 ...

'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.

John Kerry's Afghan Dereliction of Duty

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John Kerry should re-read his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, eloquently urging a withdrawal of United States forces from Vietnam, as he contemplates his duty towards Afghanistan.

Julia the Hindu, and the Pray in Eat Pray Love

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The powerful forces of celebrity and popular culture have thrust India's Vedic heritage into the spotlight. All the media attention inspires some to cynicism and others to a genuine spiritual enquiry.

President Marco Rubio

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

If Marco Rubio wins the Florida Senate seat, he'll instantly become a frontrunner for the Republican vice presidential nomination in 2012.

Death Threat: The Widening Gyre‏

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

First I was threatened with assault. Then I was threatened with murder. Do you see how they ratchet up the bullying, and try to cow us?

Big Brother 12: The 12th Coming

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

It's summertime in Studio City, and CBS has rounded up another group of houseguests to spend a summer trying to outwitless each other, on what is known to some as "Survivor For Shut-Ins," aka, Big Brother: Season 12: The Saboteur.