Monthly Archives: August 2020

Ed Sanders reads some really good poems

  In high school, my classmate, Mary Kopala, had an older brother in college studying for a PhD in Physics, if I remember correctly, and he brought the record album, The Fugs, home at Christmas for her to listen to. This would have been in […]

Seven Books

… … I … … I will only write about books that are on my bookshelves now; if the book is not here, then I won’t mention it, so I won’t be mentioning books like The Idiot, which may have been the book that changed […]

James Baldwin by Carl Van Vechten

… On September 13, 1955, Carl Van Vechten photographed the fairly well unknown James Baldwin who had just published his first collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, was already published, and his next, Giovanni’s […]

Bamboo Pavilion: Chinese Poems and Paintings by Joanne Wang and Alfred Corn

… Bamboo Pavilion is a beautiful jewel of a book. Chinese poets like Du Fu and Li Bai are translated by Alfred Corn with paintings by the contemporary Chinese artist, Joanne Wang, the present and that past in a really pleasurable collaboration. I’ve scanned a […]