on Minding the Store: Great Writing About Business, edited by Robert Coles and Albert LaFarge (The New Press)

In 2000, The Institute of Economic Affairs, a British think tank of free-marketeers, published "The Representation of Business in English Literature," a paper covering literature from the eighteenth century to the present. The final chapter by Dr.

on Clear All the Rest of the Way, poems by Warren Woessner (The Backwaters Press)

One of the occupational hazards of the poet is that even as he candidly expresses the feelings that inspire his poems, his language may begin to lag behind. Aging and the settled life seem to exact a price. The courage of one’s emotions stays potent but draws a diminishing energy from the words chosen to give those emotions shape.

on Intimacies, by Leo Bersani & Adam Phillips (University of Chicago Press)

In Intimacies, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips argue for our complicity against what perhaps most of us think of as gratifying forms of affection.

on Why Poetry Matters, by Jay Parini (Yale University Press)

“I would say it is not our business to defend poetry,” wrote Robert Francis, “but the business of poetry to defend us.” He had been referring to a poet who “defended poetry as he would have defended womanhood on the highway at night … I would say that a poem worth defending needs no defense and a poem needing defense is not worth defending.” I think of Francis’ remarks, quoted here

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