4 Aug

… … I … … I will only write about books that are on my bookshelves now; if the book is not here, then I […]

2 Aug

… On September 13, 1955, Carl Van Vechten photographed the fairly well unknown James Baldwin who had just published his first collection of essays, Notes […]

1 Aug

… Bamboo Pavilion is a beautiful jewel of a book. Chinese poets like Du Fu and Li Bai are translated by Alfred Corn with paintings […]

30 Jul

… A year ago I got in touch with Timothy Liu and asked if I could record him reading from his new book, Let It […]

29 Jul

… When I read the poems by Patricia Spears Jones in the latest issue of the Brooklyn Rail, I immediately got in touch with her […]

22 Jul

… Jason Schneiderman’s new book, Hold Me Tight, has some striking violence on its cover yet is very comfortable to hold. It’s this oxymoron about […]

4 Jul

… In the early 1970s, poets began to memorize their poems so what was coming to the listener was coming from the poet, not from […]

30 Jun

… Basil King focuses on the details that sparkle and create the most important events in an artist’s life. His new book, Disparate Beasts, is […]

28 Jun

… One of the tasks for an English teacher is to get students writing. I have found that putting students into groups to work on […]

28 Jun

… Bill Kushner and I used to meet and walk. On this August day, I met Bill at the F train at East Broadway, and […]

26 Jun

… In celebration of New York City’s parks and gardens, Felicia Young asked me to contribute to the annual Rites of Spring, which is usually […]

25 Jun

… On a Thursday I went to see Dorothea Lange’s “Words and Pictures” at MoMa, and on the following Monday, as luck would have it, […]