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  • April 10th, 2014

    Presented with yet another book about atomic energy, we might ask why. We already have Richard Rhodes's very thorough The Making of the Atomic Bomb, two magnificent biographies of J. Robert Oppenheimer (American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J.

  • April 7th, 2014

    Welcome to the Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, twelve poets write briefly on some of their favorite new and recent titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. The commentary includes:

    Brian Teare

    on Caribou by Charles Wright (Farrar Straus Giroux)

  • March 27th, 2014

    Frank McCabe bought on credit at my father’s liquor store,
    they had gone to school together. Finally my father said,
    teach my son to play drums and we’re even, for now.

    Late afternoon lessons in his cellar, first the basics
    rapped out on rubber pads, then rolls, drags, flams, paradiddles and ratamacues.
    Moving on to a real kit and the flair of fills, underbelly routines

  • March 26th, 2014

    In 1963 at age 25, Ed Rusha (pronounced Ru-SHAY) produced 400 handmade copies of a photobook titled Twentysix Gasoline Stations. The textless content consisted of 26 black-and-white snapshot-style photos of gas stations.

  • March 19th, 2014

    “I suspect that the chances that Rimbaud will become the bible of your life are inversely proportional to the age at which you first discover him,” wrote Daniel Mendelsohn whose balanced take on the poet may possibly be attributed to his first encountering the poems in his forties.

  • March 13th, 2014

    Floyd Skloot has produced four books of essays over the past 11 years, each seemingly preoccupied with his illness and its effects on cognition, memory and motor response. A more market-minded writer would have written a commoditized illness memoir years ago and been done with it. But Skloot doesn’t write about illness as much as within it, a fateful province.