| Mar 12, 2015
| 5:43 PM
Claudia Rankine, Marilynne Robinson and Roz Chast were some of the winners of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Awards, which were announced Thursday at a ceremony at the New School in New York.
Claremont poet Rankine won the poetry award for...
| Mar 11, 2015
| 6:14 PM
Math geeks rejoice.
Once a year on March 14, the date aligns with 3.14, the number of pi, and all those who love math celebrate pi day.
This year is being touted as ultimate pi day because pi is an irrational number — which means it never ends...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 6:39 AM
If you set out to write a poetry collection about Kanye West, someone who is himself arguably one of the most brilliant and influential poets of the 21st century so far, then it had better be good. Sarah Blake's debut book, "Mr. West" — impressive...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 8:10 AM
What would we do without Stephen Sondheim?
The ingenuity of his lyrics, the conversational cadences of his melodies and the jazz-tinged allure of his harmonies brought American songwriting to a level of sophistication that never really has been...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Call them standards if you must — imagine dusty old classics of the so-called Great American Songbook. But as interpreted by Bob Dylan, more accurate is to consider the entirety of "Shadows in the Night" as a gathering of meditations, or a booklet...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 8:41 AM
Lyric Opera's imperishable love affair with Puccini's "Tosca" goes back as far as the company's inaugural season in 1954. Some of the greatest sopranos of their day have loved, killed and leapt through the title role here. Such are the vocal and...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 1:04 PM
As today is Feb. 2, it would seem a good time to say a few words about "Groundhog Day."
It was a heck of a good movie. Some of my favorite scenes:
After being stuck in Punxsutawney, Pa., Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, says to a telephone...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 7:52 AM
Perhaps the most affecting moment among many such moments at the Midwest premiere of composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg's "The Passenger," Tuesday night at Lyric Opera, came after the cast and creative team had taken their bows on stage at the Civic Opera...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 8:28 AM
A couple’s first dance as man and wife is a cherished wedding tradition.
While the first dance can help set a positive tone for the reception, it also can negatively affect the festivities if a poor song is chosen. Couples may feel pressure to...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 10:55 AM
Philip Levine, the former U.S. poet laureate who died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday at the age of 87, was not a poet to everyone’s taste. Born and raised in Detroit, he was called, by Edward Hirsch, “a large, ironic Whitman of the...
| Mar 5, 2015
The absolute power of the spoken word, Nicholas Stevens noted, is something worth rediscovering, particularly for a younger generation that may not have heard about poetry readings in cafes and similar gatherings – places where beat poets had the...