Monthly Archives: December 2009

Toward a Coherent Vision of the 20th Century—Or, Why Jorge Volpi Is My New Favorite Novelist

Season of Ash by Jorge Volpi (translated by Alfred MacAdam) Open Letter / University of Rochester Press ISBN: 978-1-934824-10-8 Jorge Volpi’s Season of Ash is the kind of novel that reminds me why I read novels in the first place, … Continue reading

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“How To” by Aaron Burch

How To by Aaron Burch Remember the myth of looking directly into the sun. The milk cartons cut into a makeshift periscope. Remember your brothers and sisters having to turn away, their eyes too weak. Forget their fall, the push, … Continue reading

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THE WIDOW’S LAMENT IN SPRINGTIME by William Carlos Williams Sorrow is my own yard where the new grass flames as it has flamed often before but not with the cold fire that closes round me this year. Thirtyfive years I … Continue reading

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Robert Walser, Biel, 1899. WANDERING WITH ROBERT WALSER by Carl Seelig 26 July 1936 Our relationship began with a somewhat matter-of-fact exchange of letters: brief, objective questions and answers. I learned that, starting in early 1929, Robert Walser was a … Continue reading

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Stamp honoring Heinrich von Kleist released by Deutsche Bundespost on behalf of the Federal Minister of Post and Telecommunication in December 1961. ON THE MARIONETTE THEATRE (1810) by Heinrich von Kleist One evening in the winter of 1801 I met … Continue reading

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LETTER TO HIS FATHER, April 10, 1920 by Federico Garcia Lorca Dear Father: I’ve just gotten your letter, with its wise, serious tone, and I’ll answer you in exactly the same way. I’m much more anxious to see all of … Continue reading

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Sunday Poetry Series Presents: Heather Kirn

. WRITER REPENTS by Heather Kirn Crown, I said, or kite, and that was that. Like flames encased in glass, the nouns dissolved. But levitate had weight around it. Rapt, I wrote it down. Then menacing jabbed dark with dark … Continue reading

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By William Butler Yeats: NO SECOND TROY Why should I blame her that she filled my days With misery, or that she would of late Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways, Or hurled the little streets upon the … Continue reading

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AF-PAK WAR RACKET: THE OBAMA ILLUSION COMES CRASHING DOWN by David DeGraw As Obama announced plans for escalating the war effort, it has become clear that the Obama Illusion has taken yet another horrifying turn. Before explaining how the Af-Pak … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X, 1964. Photograph from the collection of the Library of Congress. TELEGRAM TO MARTIN LUTHER KING by Malcolm X WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM AA36 SYC162 (39). SY LTA213 DL PD 5 EXTRA= TDLT EAST ELMHURST … Continue reading

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