Creativity and Social Energy

Jerry Harp
July 29, 2014
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Because lately I’m working up a review-essay about a collection of letters between two writer friends—A Critical Friendship: Donald Justice and Richard Stern, 1946-1961, edited by Elizabeth Murphy (U. of Nebraska Press 2013)—I’m thinking all over again about the power…

Goodnight Reuben Bright

Cody Walker
July 22, 2014
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Sunday’s Times was chockablock with poetry. Daisy Fried lit fireworks for Dan Chiasson’s Bicentennial; Stephen Burt quoted liberally (and salaciously, by Gray Lady standards) from Patricia Lockwood’s Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals. Even obscure versifier James Franco got the full-page treatment, as…

And How Many Rains Must Fall

Natalie Shapero
July 14, 2014
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“And how many rains must fall before the stains are washed clean?” Taken from the writings of Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, this line served as the title for Imran Qureshi’s 2013 installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum…

Twin Towers of the Intellect

Amit Majmudar
July 12, 2014
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Both the theologian, advancing abstract definitions of Deity as the Ground of Being, transcendent of language and intellection, the impersonal prime mover, hardly so limited and vengeful and silly as an Old-Bearded-Man-in-the-Sky, as the theologically uninformed would suppose It; and…

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