| Jan 23, 2011
In 1984, when he was 51, novelist Reynolds Price learned that a pencil-shaped tumor, about 10 inches long and malignant, had invaded his spine. Several surgeries and dozens of radiation treatments followed, leaving him a paraplegic racked with pain and...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 8:30 AM
Gabriel Kahane, best known as an indie singer-songwriter, was his own charismatic singer-songwriter Saturday night in the West Coast premiere of his affecting "Crane Palimpsest" at the Alex Theatre.
As he does in a club, he used a microphone and wore...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 9:35 PM
Christopher Hitchens' influential life was lived out in public argument on panels, at lecterns, in books, magazines, newspapers and on Internet screens, including the Los Angeles Times. He wrote Op-Eds and book reviews, stretching back to 1990. In our...
| Apr 29, 2012
| 4:36 PM
It was with some sense of deja vu that Steve Martin pulled into Stagecoach for a performance Saturday that had him and the Steep Canyon Rangers slotted to play immediately after bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley, a situation similar to one for which...
| Aug 27, 2011
An Idaho resort hotel's verdure is not the wild tumble around W.S. Merwin's beloved Hawaiian home, but disciplined grass and orderly stands of trees. Not, perhaps, the sort of trees Merwin had in mind when he wrote, "On the last day of the world I would...
| Feb 18, 2011
| 4:22 PM
This Movie Quote Quiz is a bit out of the ordinary. There is one theme that unifies all of these quotes, and it has nothing to do with an actor. Once you unravel that, it will make this quiz much......
| Feb 23, 2011
| 4:34 PM
A blog series on writers from This Recording is a must-read....
| Mar 28, 2011
| 1:09 PM
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...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 1:24 PM
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...
| Apr 30, 2011
Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 9:55 AM
Professors Nancy Ogle, soprano, and Ginger Yang Hwalek, Ph.D., pianist, both from the University of Maine, will present a hybrid reading/music performance entitled "America in the Poetic Imagination" at Rockford College's Fisher Memorial Chapel on Friday,...