Sunday, January 23, 2005
National Book Critics Circle '04 nominees...
Danticat, "The Dew Breaker" (Knopf)
Hollinghurst, "The Line of Beauty" (Bloomsbury)
David Mitchell, "Cloud Atlas" (Random
Marilynne Robinson, "Gilead"
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Philip Roth, "The
Plot Against America" (Houghton Mifflin)
Boyle, "Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and
Murder in the Jazz Age" (Holt)
"Blue Blood" (Riverhead)
MacCulloch, "The Reformation: A History" (Viking)
David Shipler, "The Working Poor: Invisible
in America" (Knopf)
Timothy B. Tyson, "Blood
Done Sign My Name: A True Story" (Crown)
Chernow, "Alexander Hamilton" (Penguin Press)
Bob Dylan, "Chronicles Vol. 1" (Simon & Schuster)
Stephen Greenblatt, "Will in the World:
How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare" (Norton)
Guy, "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart"
Mark Stevens and Annalyn
Swan, "De Kooning: An American Master" (Knopf)
Pegreen Kelly, "The Orchard" (BOA Editions)
Powell, "Cocktails" (Graywolf)
Rich, "The School Among the Ruins" (Norton)
Richardson, "Interglacial" (Ausable Press)
Snyder, "Danger on Peaks" (Shoemaker & Hoard)
Howard, "Paper Trail: Selected Prose 1965-2003" (Farrar,
Straus and Giroux)
Patrick Neate, "Where
You're At: Notes From the Frontline of a Hip-Hop Planet"
Graham Robb, "Strangers: Homosexual
Love in the 19th Century" (Norton)
Seligman, "Sontag & Kael: Opposites Attract Me" (Counterpoint)
James Wood, "The Irresponsible Self: On
Laughter and the Novel" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- American Educator - Winter 2004-2005 - Reflections on the "Problem
...What does someone just
starting out in the world need to take? If I were to stand in
the street in my slippers and call after him now that he is 12,
as he descends the steps, what would I call?
home at three."?)
book in his knapsack might help him along his way?
New Republic Online: Well Disguised
critics can and should challenge how he'll translate his poetry
into policy. But meanwhile, they ought to mimic, not mock, his
invocations of democratic values. In public debate, those who
speak movingly about democracy have seized the high ground.
good can come of tolerance.
... dowd in the nyt (free
Saturday, January 22, 2005
Announced by all the trumpets
of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited
Hides hill and woods, the river, and the
And veils the farmhouse at the garden's
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier's
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.
Come see the north wind's masonry.
of an unseen quarry evermore
tile, the fierce artificer
Curves his white
bastions with projected roof
Round every windward
stake, or tree, or door.
Speeding, the myriad-handed,
his wild work
So fanciful, so savage, nought
For number or proportion. Mockingly,
On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths;
A swan-like form invests the hiddden thorn;
Fills up the famer's lane from wall to wall,
Maugre the farmer's sighs; and at the gate
A tapering turret overtops the work.
when his hours are numbered, and the world
all his own, retiring, as he were not,
when the sun appears, astonished Art
in slow structures, stone by stone,
an age, the mad wind's night-work,
architecture of the snow.
last weekend i caught a chunk of Blue
Note - A Story of Modern Jazz (1997)
on i think it was the
sundance channel... but maybe not... anyway... boy o... it made
me... remember how much this jazz does... to me... so i went to
my favorite local online music club and blew all my free music
credits for a hearty infusion of stuff like...
the best of eric dolphy (d. 1964... in my ears right
black fire (1963) - andrew hill
the sidewinder (1963) - lee morgan
shape of jazz to come (1959) - ornette coleman
me (2003) - (age catches up with) abby lincoln (but she moves
i know most of
this is old hat to big jazz cats... what! yr just hearing this
yeah... guess i'm a bit behind the times... but
i'm grateful to find it now... i wonder if there's any jazz on
the other side... wouldn't be worth much if there weren't... (which
reminds me... i should make that list of stuff i'll be needing
in the next life... but there's no rush)
Friday, January 21, 2005
Teaching Tolerance: Books Under Fire
it was with full awareness of the history of the civil rights
struggle that the 63-year-old retired nurse's aide in 2004 asked
Hillsboro High Principal Larry Stall to remove Harper Lee's To
Kill a Mockingbird from the 9th-grade English curriculum.
... and many many more!
Thursday, January 20, 2005
some copies of still. harmless enough.
... selected A poems from fyp03... are available and ready for
shipping. click [[here]]
and give me yr mailing address if yr interested. (suzanne, patrick,
chris of texfiles... yr already on my list... for better or worse...
i've got yr number)
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
... nope... down...
er... maybe not down... just dead dog
the senior difficulty with virginia woolf's
jacob's room... she jumps around... uncertain transitions...
sentences that lead to uncertain places... she confuses me...
she throws in all these unimportant characters...why can't she
just tell the story... i hate her...
i felt it necessary to say that she was consciously
writing against the traditional (19th century) novel... against
the convention of monolithic narrative authority... because she
felt it was less true than another approach that would value multiple
perspectives and recognize the impossibility of ever getting "the
whole story"... wherever i seat myself, i die in exile...
just now i was trying to get to
readings to catch the echoes... if any... of today's quick
session... but the damn thing is down... it would seem... harrumph
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
...This site is home to the best of the Environmental
Arts, featuring essays, poetry, interviews, and portfolios gleaned
largely from the pages of the award-winning magazines: Orion and
Monday, January 17, 2005
but the overall methodology when it comes to introducing students
to poetry is more biological or anatomical than anything. This
is that and it serves to do this. If you apply this there, it
will come seeping out here. That appears here and is dependent
on this functioning correctly. There is where you'll find this
most often, but at certain times it will migrate to there*
boy... i would have said "mechanical"
too... but that's the truth... i'm at a loss when it comes to
these forty or fifty minute periods... and poetry... the other
day i introduced some seniors to gertrude stein... and what did
they think... what did they want to do after that... i know a
poet poem poetry has worked on me when i want to do something
after meeting it... but i don't know what they wanted
what the cat made
airs Bob Dylan documentary
Scorsese unravel the enigma that is Bob Dylan? The esteemed director
will try in
No Direction Home. Part of PBS's American Masters
series, the authorized, four-hour portrait of the '60s music icon
isn't scheduled until July.
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