Saturday, September 20, 2014

Neither piety nor pity …

… Zealotry of Guerin: Physiognomical Lightning (Klee), Sonnet #202.

Sad trail of beauty …

… Book Review: 'Tennessee Williams' by John Lahr - WSJ. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The romance of "The Glass Menagerie" (1944) and the sexual passion of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947) announced a playwright whose lyrical realism and mastery of character challenged the dramatic conventions of the day—overturning both the social protest of Clifford Odets and the "well-made" plays of Terence Rattigan. What followed—"The Rose Tattoo" (1951), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955), "Orpheus Descending" (1957), "Suddenly Last Summer" (1958), "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1959) and "The Night of the Iguana" (1961)—remains an unparalleled series of American theatrical masterpieces.

Good news, I guess …

TUM - TU München: Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate.

How about that …

Climate Science Is Not Settled - WSJ. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A transparent rigor would also be a welcome development, especially given the momentous political and policy decisions at stake. That could be supported by regular, independent, "red team" reviews to stress-test and challenge the projections by focusing on their deficiencies and uncertainties; that would certainly be the best practice of the scientific method. But because the natural climate changes over decades, it will take many years to get the data needed to confidently isolate and quantify the effects of human influences.

A thought for today …


The famous saying 'God is love', it is generally assumed, means that God is like our immediate emotional indulgence, not that the meaning of love ought to have something of the 'otherness' and terror of God.
— Charles Williams, born on this date in 1886

Friday, September 19, 2014

A favorite afresh …

… This new translation of Crime and Punishment is a masterpiece � The Spectator. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Literary immortality …

… Paul Davis On Crime: Death Does Not Become Them: Arise The New James Bond, Jane Austen and Sherlock Holmes.

Not good …

… Why Is Wikipedia Scrubbing All References To Neil Tyson's Fabrication?

Sick bay alert …

Not feeling so hot today. Hence, minimal blogging.

Haiku …


Me and that sparrow.
Him on that rock. Me sitting
On this bench. Kindred.

Make of this what you will...

Regrettably...

That was quick...

Introducing …

… The Here & Now Duo – A Profile | Fox Chase Review.

Tempest, meet teapot …

… Henry James and the Great Y.A. Debate - The New Yorker. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Murders and misbeliefs...

A thought for today …


The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.
— William Golding, born on this date in 1911

Thursday, September 18, 2014

People's star...

Hmm …

… WCU poetry director’s removal results in canceled conference.

Mark thy calendar …

… MUSEHOUSE EVENTS - All But True Fiction Series.

Together at last …

… Mr. Boardwalk Comes to West Philly.

Very nice …

… Meet John Ashbery - Open Road Presents - Open Road Media Video Archive. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Busy indeed …

… The Editorial Life: Endless Tranquil Reflection | BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog.

Well, good for him …

… U2's Bono Once Wrote A Poem For Billy Graham: 'The Journey From Father To Friend'.

(Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

And the winners are …

2014 August : IBPC.



… The Judge's Page.



(Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)


Sounds like fun...

Hits and misses …

… ‘Lovely, Dark, Deep’ by Joyce Carol Oates — The Boston Globe. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Contemporary journal …

… Forget black masses for a moment: Some journalists need to check facts on the Mass — GetReligion.



With its emphasis on narrative and blurring of opinion and reporting, journalism is coming to seem more like a game of Chinese whispers. As for the black mass people, they'll impress me more when they decide to mock Islam.

A thought for today …

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
— Samuel Johnson, born on this date in 1709

Who knew?

… Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett: Not Such an Odd Couple - WSJ. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chuckles the sleuth …

… He Who Laughs | The Weekly Standard. (?Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

People's aristocrats …

… 3 lives that shaped nation.

Chronicling the overrated …

… Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Science of Smug Condescension.



If Tyson seems bemused about criticism of his fabrications and doesn’t take it seriously, he’s telling us that he sees himself as a showman. We’re not supposed to ask whether the events he talks about are real, fictional, or embellished, we’re just supposed to enjoy the show 
It’s that crucial scientific principle of suspension of disbelief.

Haiku …


To sense it really —
Being's perilous ground bass:
The great adventure.

One poet's life …

… Poem by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri | Oddball Magazine.

Mark thy calendar …

THE GREEN LINE CAFE POETRY SERIES
And
THE MISHER FESTIVAL OF
FINE ARTS & HUMANITIES

PRESENT:

      An Open Poetry Reading

For Poets, Students, Everyone Welcome

        Prizes Awarded

You will be given 5 minutes to read your poetry.

   TUESDAY, Sept. 23. at 7 PM

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 7 PM



HOSTED BY LEONARD GONTAREK

Sign Up In Advance:
gontarek9@earthlink.net

THE GREEN LINE CAFE IS LOCATED
AT 45TH & LOCUST STREETS

(Please note the address, there are
  other Green Line Café locations.)
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     This Event Is Free

POST BUMPED. Date was omitted.

Sacred and profane …

… Church of the Adagio by Philip Dacey | Fox Chase Review.

Making peace with silence …

… When Words Stop | BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog.

Getting with it …

… References, Please by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Simply, it’s time to admit that the Internet has changed the way we do scholarship and will go on changing it. There is so much inertia in the academic world, so much affection for fussy old ways. People love getting all the brackets and commas and abbreviations just so. Perhaps it gives them a feeling of accomplishment. Professors torment students over the tiniest details of bibliographical information, when anyone wishing to check can simply put the author name and title in any Internet search engine. A doctoral student hands in a brilliant essay and the professor complains that the translator’s name has not been mentioned in a quotation from a recent French novel, though of course since the book is recent there is only one translation of the novel and in any event anyone checking the cited edition will find the translator’s name in the book.

Telling of light and shadow …

… Best Bones by Sarah Rose Nordgren | Fox Chase Review.