- January 30th, 2016on The Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, a Wedding in St. Roch, the Big Box Store... by C.D. Wright (Copper Canyon)
C.D. Wright wrote poetry as if serving a truth to be discovered. Do you object to “as if”?
- January 26th, 2016
David Thomson’s How to Watch a Movie is actually concerned with how to watch a movie again. “The ultimate subject of this book is watching or paying attention,” he notes at the outset.
- January 8th, 2016
Groucho Marx told the following anecdote during an appearance on “The Dick Cavett Show” in 1969: “A priest stopped me in Montreal some years ago. He asked, ‘Aren’t you Groucho Marx?
- December 23rd, 2015
John Stilgoe has taught the history of landscape development at Harvard for forty years, but his many books stare steadfastly out the classroom window. “Landscape mocks scholars,” he says. “Landscape perception is peculiar to each inquirer.” In his introduction to Landscape and Images (Virginia, 2004), he writes, “Landscape inveigles.
- December 15th, 2015
After achieving its independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola slipped into a 27-year period of civil war between two former liberation movements, Marxist-Leninist and anti-communist respectively. The debacle was also a proxy war between the Soviets and Americans, with Cuban militants and South African detachments thrown in the mix.
- December 5th, 2015on The Importance of Elsewhere: Philip Larkin’s Photographs, by Richard Bradford (Frances Lincoln Ltd./Quarto Publishing USA)
The most well known photograph of Philip Larkin is a self-portrait he took in 1957 with his new Rolleiflex Automatic twin lens reflex and cable release, the same camera used by Brassai, Bill Brandt, and Lee Miller.