April 24, 2009 |
What does it mean to celebrate the written word? It means getting excited about, well, everything. At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA this weekend, authors will talk about cooking and former Vice President Dick Cheney, baseball and literature, poetry and politics, even life after Marcia Brady. Maureen McCormick, former cast member of TV's "The Brady Bunch," joins celebrity memoirists Cloris Leachman, Alonzo Mourning, Marlee Matlin, Diahann Carroll and Michael J.
September 8, 2002 |
I have read many poems responding to the Sept. 11 attacks. Most of them seem rooted not in a response to the event itself but in the poet's sense of what one should feel or say about such an event: something large-minded, or patriotic, or loyal, or insightful, or moral. Contrary to that procedure, the art I admire most begins with some real experience. Frank Bidart's poem "Curse," in a way shockingly, comes from the poet's actual response to a terrible and terrifying reality.
April 19, 1998 |
Czeslaw Milosz is a figure of contradiction, a poet whose best-known effort, "The Captive Mind," is a nonfiction study of the lure of totalitarian thinking, a hero of Polish democracy who has lived in exile since 1951. Although he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1980, he remains familiar to most American readers by reputation, if at all.
March 15, 1998 |
Carol Muske-Dukes wants to show the world that poetry isn't just the lofty stuff studied in English lit classes. Muske-Dukes, a local poet, author and USC professor, is bringing poetry and the common man, woman and child together as part of a national Favorite Poem Project.
October 8, 2005 |
In the years after he wrote "Howl," Allen Ginsberg alternately described the poem as a song of spiritual liberation, a homage to art, an ode to gay love and a lament for his mentally ill mother. The Beat poet who defined his times with the salvo "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness," gave perhaps the most adroit explanation, however, upon publication of the original facsimile edition of the tour de force that had launched his career more than three decades earlier.
June 5, 1992 |
Matching an art form of the ages with the technology of the '90s, an entrepreneur has come up with "Off the Page: The First Video Poetry Magazine"--a videocassette featuring some of America's best-known poets reading and discussing their work. The mail-order "magazine" is the brainchild of New York actor Norman Rose, whose enthusiasm is palpable in his filmed introduction to the first edition.
December 14, 1998 |
Banished from his beloved Florence in 1302, Dante Alighieri knew what it was like to be flung into the outer circles of darkness. Dante's enduring sense of loss richly informs Robert Scanlan's staging of "The Inferno," which closed Sunday after a three-day run at the Getty Center's Harold M. Williams Auditorium. But Dante's vibrant humanism, the sheer sweep and vulgarity of his epic vision, largely eludes Scanlan and his cast.
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April 9, 1992 |
Before launching into "Finlandia" by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius,the tuxedo-clad musicians seated in the back row of the brass section hoisted their French horns skyward, appearing more like members of a marching band than a symphony orchestra. But there was good reason for unusual lack of decorum. Many of the members of the audience had probably never seen a real French horn--or a cello, or a viola, or a bassoon, for that matter--and they wanted to be sure that everyone got a good look.