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  • Off The Shelf: Finding the pieces that turn writing into poetry

    Off The Shelf: Finding the pieces that turn writing into poetry
    When I was in my early 20s, living in Berkeley and drifting toward a PhD in Russian literature, I started writing poetry. It was a completely unexpected development. I definitely hadn't been one of those kids in high school who worked for the literary...
  • 'The Wilderness Warrior' by Douglas Brinkley

    'The Wilderness Warrior' by Douglas Brinkley
    The Wilderness Warrior Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America Douglas Brinkley Harper: 960 pp., $34.99 Reviewing several Roosevelt biographies in 1920, H.L. Mencken reported that he had found more "gush" than "sense." Douglas Brinkley's...
  • 'A New Literary History of America' by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors

    'A New Literary History of America' by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors
    Daunting as it may be to assemble a centuries-spanning assessment of any country, even one with a fairly linear march through history, how does one approach a culture as unstable, contradictory and contested as ours? Where do you start? Where do you stop?...
  • As mom faces renal cell cancer, a daughter learns patience

    As mom faces renal cell cancer, a daughter learns patience
    I'm impatient by nature. But I thought I had learned how to remain still in yoga classes, coaxing calm and patience from an overactive mind. I thought I learned patience when my daughter was born 2 1/2 weeks late. But I didn't really learn anything...
  • Discoveries: 'Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries' by Helen Vendler

    Discoveries: 'Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries' by Helen Vendler
    Dickinson Selected Poems and Commentaries Helen Vendler Harvard University Press: 530 pp., $35 I'm just a regular reader, you say. I read for pleasure. Why should I read the commentaries of critic Helen Vendler on the "epigrammatic, terse, abrupt,...
  • Book review: 'Swans' by Mary Oliver

    Book review: 'Swans' by Mary Oliver
    Swan Poems and Prose Poems Mary Oliver Beacon Press: 96 pp., $23 "What can I say that I have not said before?" the poet Mary Oliver wonders on page 1 of this, her 20th collection. "So I'll say it again./The leaf has a song in it." She is a little...
  • "Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds" by Lyndall Gordon

    "Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds" by Lyndall Gordon
    "Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds" By Lyndall Gordon Viking, 472 pages, $28 Even though fewer than a dozen of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems were published in her lifetime, her family and friends in Amherst,...
  • A visit to Mark Twain's Hannibal, Mo.

    A visit to Mark Twain's Hannibal, Mo.
    It was long after dark when Henry Sweets brought me to Hannibal's Old Baptist Cemetery, "a graveyard of the old-fashioned Western kind." No moon. Ragged weeds, crumbling gravestones. We tried to tread lightly, but it had been raining, and mud grabbed...
  • 'The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson' by Jerome Charyn

    'The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson' by Jerome Charyn
    Whether they're true or not, myths and legends that surround poets help us to see their work in a comprehensible context. Say the names Keats, Poe or Plath, for instance, and images of consumption, drug addiction and mental illness may come to mind,...
  • Our Laguna: Who would you invite to Christmas dinner?

    The holidays are a time to extend hospitality — to show there is room at the inn. Here is a sampling of with whom Laguna folks would most like to invite share their Christmas or Hanukkah dinner, given the choices of anyone living or dead, fact or...
  • Obamas on Easter: St. John's Episcopal

     
    by Mark Silva and updated with service President Barack Obama, his wife and two daughters attended Easter service this morning at St. John's Church, a favorite chapel of presidents past situated just across a sun-splashed, flowering park from the White......