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Arts & Society

Unstuck with Yahia Lababidi

January 26, 2011
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Yahia Lababidi remembers late nights in his dorm room at George Washington University, tossing in bed as the voices of Wilde, Rilke and Kafka reverberated around him.

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The other thing grammar is good for

January 24, 2011
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Grammar can be a brutal, brutal thing.

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Glory Pee

January 21, 2011
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Nobody else contemporary or comparable to the young Rachel B. Glaser writes as epiphanic structures as these or plays with the purpose and effect of fiction with such verve

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Painting Larry Fagin (Plus a Fagin Poem!)

January 18, 2011
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Simone Kearney paints the poet Larry Fagin. Also read a poem by Fagin.

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Meditation on Apollinaire

January 12, 2011
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I must describe the physical sensation this poem had on me. It was a hot and humid day, and the house was full of fans whirring, and flies buzzing, and no one was home.

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The Bookshelf

January 4, 2011
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In books rowed up on the shelf you see, for the first time, your own death.

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Small Anchor Press: The Dory Reader

January 3, 2011
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If Martha Stewart had a child who went rogue, moved to New York City, and started writing poetry and making books, that child may have turned out to produce something as crafty-bohemian as Small Anchor Press does.

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Literary Movements: Insider as Outsider and Token Renegade

December 29, 2010
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When gaining a foothold among the establishment, it is important the so called “outsiders” or mavericks have a figure fully anchored within the establishment who can be “acceptable.”

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Year-End Fiction Favorites: 2010

December 27, 2010
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Why do we make lists?

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The Master’s Thesis: Synetic Theater’s The Master and Margarita

December 22, 2010
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To help get my mind around what Synetic Theater was trying to do with their adaptation of Bulgakov’s oppression-defying, faith-affirming romp The Master and Margarita, I turned to Linda Hutcheon’s helpful study of postmodern adaptations.

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Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: On Piety

December 21, 2010
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In the full complexity of human constructs piety is the rhetoric of conflicting and supposedly coherent values.

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Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: Some Definitions and a Parable about Chickens

December 15, 2010
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The chickens are purifying their system, purging it of corruption. Meanwhile, the chickens who willfully refuse to answer the bell are seen as impious, as negative, as renegades.

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Aesthete and Propagandist: An Interview with Gene Tanta

December 10, 2010
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It’s getting later than it’s ever been and the sonnet is nearly over: do you know where your closure is?

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Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness

December 8, 2010
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The more things same, the more they same the change.
Things change by staying the same.
Things stay the same by changing.

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Civil Rights Moonwalk: Michael Jackson, Armond White, and Democracy

December 3, 2010
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A focus on the human person allows White to cut right to the heart of cultural issues without getting lost or tossed around in the media firestorms that accompany cultural events.

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Time, Death, & Video Games: Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life

December 1, 2010
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If you’re going to talk about such things as parallel universes, multiple lives, determinism and free will is not the video game a reputable analog?

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