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  • Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'

    Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'
    If like me you come from a mixed family, meaning there are conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats boisterously hashing out their differences at the holiday table, you'll have an easy time recognizing the Wyeth clan gathered to celebrate Christmas at the family's Palm Springs compound in Jon Robin Baitz's grippingly entertaining "Other Desert Cities."
  • Oh the nerdity

    W.H. Auden trawled the Oxford English Dictionary for old and obscure words, some of which he employed in his poetry. He was so fond of the OED that he often took a volume of it to bed at night. We here in Wordville understand that. Thus there is joy...

    Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon

    Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon
    Aleksandar Hemon, the 48-year-old Bosnian refugee who has become one of this city's literary rock stars, can amuse and he can devastate. That he does both in his second language, wielded with precision and elegance, has earned him comparisons to Nabokov...

    O, Miami verses the world

    O, Miami verses the world
    P. Scott Cunningham (photos by Beth Black) On a recent Wednesday morning in Miami’s Design District, P. Scott Cunningham settled into a corner table of a clamorous French bakery, his back to the window facing Second Avenue, its parade of cars...

    Poetry's refrain is ever near

    Poetry's refrain is ever near
    For Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday, several of her close friends presented her with poems to mark the occasion. They understood the significance of poetry in her life, how she learned to understand it by looking through volumes, deciphering marks in...