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, […]

22 Jun

… If you are ever going to memorize a sonnet of Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 may be the one because it is beautiful to say, easy […]

3 Jun

… The first four lessons of the Rabbit and the Turtle get students creating language, writing sentences with that language, discovering parts of speech from […]

28 May

… … From the very first time I saw the art of Judith Braun, I’ve loved it. Though it changes, the remarkable meditative quality remains. […]

26 May

… When I heard Val Vinokur read from Isaac Babel, The Essential Fictions it was an epiphany. I’d heard of Isaac Babel, but I’d never […]

22 May

…… To the teacher: This is a very good activity for a new class on the first day, an Icebreaker. In groups of seven, students […]

14 May

… Years ago a friend, Lynn McGee, said that she wanted me to meet a friend of hers, Susana Case, whom she thought was a […]

10 May

… My mother pulled the black snake from the bush. Long snake gone from fleeing to being held twined around her arm and opened its […]