| Oct 12, 2012
| 1:32 PM
The National Portrait Gallery's new exhibition, “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets,” uses portraiture, biography and verse to explore the people who created a distinctive, American voice.
Walt Whitman's free verse in "Leaves of Grass,"...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 10:53 AM
Singer Kurt Elling sounded as if he had awoken from a long, deep slumber Sunday evening at City Winery Chicago.
The general torpor of his recordings of recent years, the blandness and anemia of past performances were cast aside for something far more...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 5:39 AM
An electorate roundtable scheduled for Tuesday night at Virginia Tech has been canceled.
Virginia Tech decided to cancel the event because of the weather.
Here was the original news release from Virginia Tech about the event:
Exactly one week before...
| May 21, 2012
| 1:54 PM
Wednesday afternoon, I attended a fundraiser for the family of Austin Brashears, the Marina High School graduate who died the weekend before in a New Zealand road accident.
It was held at the Hot Off the Grill restaurant in northwest Huntington Beach,...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:05 AM
I, too, sing America.
So wrote Langston Hughes, the unofficial poet laureate of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes, whose 65 years spanned the lynch mobs of the early 20th century and the race riots of the mid-1960s, intended a defiant reminder to a...
| Aug 27, 2012
In 1997, Darlene Clark Hine came across an essay in which Harlem Renaissance writer Arna Bontemps argued that black Chicago had its own, little-known renaissance that began in the 1930s and rivaled the famous one that occurred in 1920s New York.
| Aug 31, 2012
| 11:26 AM
Paul W. Hankins remembers vaguely reading “The Grapes of Wrath” in high school, the same way he remembers vaguely reading “The Great Gatsby.” “That fake reading,” he recalls with a laugh. “Where you sat in class...
| Sep 1, 2012
The melody of the president's voice, the intensity of his movements gripped Jeremy Brickey's attention, cutting through the monotony of freshman orientation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Honestly though, he thought Freeman A. Hrabowski...
| Nov 19, 2011
| 4:33 PM
"The Air We Breathe" at SFMOMA addresses issues of Prop. 8...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown, has pulled its novel "Assassin of Secrets" after passages were found to be copied from James Bond novels by Ian Fleming and other thrillers....
| Jun 28, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Librarians meet, a 75-year-old author weds and an Oscar-winning writer shares his secrets in today's book news....