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April’s Ambivalences

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April is National Poetry Month in the United States, and to be honest, I am somewhat ambivalent about the whole thing. National months have one of two purposes: Either they call attention to often ignored causes or products or they attempt to atone for past sins… . Continue Reading »

Art and the Left Kind of Politics

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I’m not a big fan of purely political art, but the Pratt Institute has no problem with it—as long as it’s the right kind of politics, that is.  The New Criterion’ s James Panero  reports : You don’t have to be an art critic to see something tasteless going on . . . . Continue Reading »

Poetry as a Game

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In today’s online article at Books & Culture , Marcus Goodyear explains a new poetry game on Twitter where poets tweet lines of poetry on a particular topic in an effort to outwit each other. The purpose, Goodyear remarks, is to remind us that poetry is fun: In the end, Tweet Speak Poetry . . . . Continue Reading »

The Beauty of Polemics

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While our culture tends to eschew religious polemics, great disagreements have produced not only some of the most awe-inspiring moments in human history, but also some of the most beautiful lines of prose. So argues Carl Truman in the latest issue of Themelios : [P]olemic has produced some . . . . Continue Reading »

The End of the World as They Know It

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The crisis in the humanities has “officially” arrived, Stanley Fish asserts in his October 11th piece for The New York Times . Why now? Because on October 1st, SUNY Albany decided to cut the French, Italian, classics, Russian and theatre programs from the university curriculum. The . . . . Continue Reading »

The City, Fall 2010

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A few weeks ago, David Mills mentioned The City . The fall issue is now out. To whet your appetite: Matt Milliner discusses the two art worlds, Jay Richards writes on Christianity and socialism, and Albert Mohler reviews Christian Smith. Read it here . . . . . Continue Reading »