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Listen to My Interview on NHPR

By |06.21.12|


A big thanks to Virginia Prescott, Taylor Quimby, and Rebecca Lavoie Flynn for another fun visit to the NHPR studios. Today’s on-air discussion covered everything from Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, the Barnes Museum controversy, Japanese manhole cover designs, the Copenhagen Philharmonic’s […]

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The Art of Focus : 5 Ways to Free Yourself from Digital Dependency

By |06.17.12|



Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for miseries and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.         — Blaise Pascal


Our day begins with good intentions. Feeling rested and focused, we set our priorities. […]

The Sunday Poem : Ravi Shankar

By |06.16.12|





Sam the Super


You wouldn’t take my bald father for a quirky man,
since his bearing is quintessentially Tamil-Brahmin,
a Tam-Bram for the uninitiated, with the firmest hand

when it comes to discipline or studies. He leers at […]

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Re-Branding the Barnes: Has a 25-Billion-Dollar Art Collection Been Disneyfied?

By |06.13.12|


A New Museum Mile?
Rush hour is still two hours away, but a swarm of cars is buzzing by me on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. As I parallel park in front of the new Barnes Foundation museum and feed […]

What Makes a Healthy Life? Writer Roger King Explores Love & Fatigue in America

By |06.11.12|


What does it mean to live in between?” writes novelist Andrea Barrett of Roger King’s latest book. “Not only between geographical locations, but between health and illness, commitment and freedom, love and loss?”

It is the promise of the […]

Listen to My Live Interview on NHPR’s Word of Mouth This Thursday

By |06.10.12|



On Thursday, June 21st, I’ll be appearing on NHPR’s Word of Mouth with host Virginia Prescott. We’ll be discussing a number of arts-related topics, so I hope you’ll tune in.

The show runs from 12-1 p.m. EST; I’ll be […]

The Sunday Poem : Carl Dennis

By |06.02.12|






If I told you simply that the bed in the Baptist Hospital

Last occupied by Cora Stokes is empty again,

And the patient didn’t go home, you’d be likely

Not to feel much […]

The Thing in the Spring Festival Returns with Nina Nastasia, Jem Cohen & More

By |05.28.12|


If you’re in the New England area on June 8th, 9th, or 10th, you’ll want to check out the Thing in the Spring art and music festival in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Gwarlingo is proud to be the media sponsor for this […]

The Sunday Poem : Gregory Orr

By |05.26.12|




Memorial Day


After our march from the Hudson to the top
of Cemetery Hill, we Boy Scouts proudly endured
the sermons and hot sun while Girl Scouts
lolled among graves in the maple shade.
When members of the veterans’ honor guard
aimed […]

Not Your Average Flash Mob: The Copenhagen Phil Plays the Metro

By |05.25.12|


The best link in this morning’s Twitter feed came from Christopher Jobson over at Colossal.

Last month the Copenhagen Philharmonic pulled off an audacious stunt—performing Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt on a crowded, moving metro train for unsuspecting passengers. The flash mob was created […]

A Sunday Poem Exclusive : The Debut of Mary Ruefle’s Erasure “Melody”

By |05.20.12|



When Mary Ruefle’s book Melody: The Story of a Child arrived in the mail several weeks ago, I could smell the musty, antique pages and the faint whiff of stale cigarette smoke before I even opened the package. The beige […]

The Sunday Poem : Carol Muske-Dukes

By |05.13.12|


Home-Boys: Baby & Me (a Sapphic)

Ex-gang members. Driveby days over. Zero

Tattoos, tagging. Sippy cups, hoodies. Baby

Daddies gather, stubble-cheeked, holding infants.

Rock-a-bye Central.


Awkward former enemies, rubbing elbows,

Slow-bounce babies: […]

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What’s the Future of Dance? Ivy Baldwin’s “Ambient Cowboy” Provides a Clue

By |05.10.12|


If you want to catch a glimpse of where dance and performance are headed, look no further than Ivy Baldwin’s Ambient Cowboy, on view last week at New York Live Arts.

It is fitting that a dance piece inspired […]

The Art of Taking Risks : 13 Years, 3500 Artists, 7 Memorable Lessons

By |05.06.12|


When I was a girl, I was fearless. I was always falling out of trees, off of speeding bicycles, into muddy creeks. Once, I was bitten by an angry goose. I was knocked on the head accidentally with a baseball. […]

The Sunday Poem : Alicia Suskin Ostriker

By |05.05.12|



(Note: Today’s Sunday Poem is part of Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” series and is made possible by The Poetry Foundation)

Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of our country’s finest poets. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey. I […]

The Sunday Poem: Maureen McLane

By |05.01.12|





Adventure in the Clover or Today’s Destruction, Averted


Adventure in the clover

cleaving the hours

& the bees on a lawn

thus far immune

to a fungus elsewhere

killing them.

Why […]

Writer Lewis Hyde : All Creative and Inventive Minds Are Not Simply Solitary

By |04.24.12|



Lewis Hyde is a rare breed of writer—a contemporary poet, philosopher, and essayist in the tradition of Thoreau, Emerson, and Czeslaw Milosz.

Hyde’s first book, The Gift, which attempts to reconcile the value of creative work with the demands of the […]

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The Sunday Poem : Noelle Kocot

By |04.21.12|



Noelle Kocot’s latest book of poetry, The Bigger World, is a collection of  character sketches. Told in a straightforward, surreal style—one that recalls folktales, ancient myths, and fairytales—Kocot has stripped each piece down to its essentials. These short, accessible […]

The Illusionist: The Mind-Bending Installations of Artist Felice Varini

By |04.10.12|




Note: This is a guest post by Riley MacPhee, a regular contributor to the Johnston Architects Blog. Johnston Architects PLLC is a small architectural firm focusing on creative, innovative, and sustainable design throughout the […]

The Sunday Poem : Gennady Aygi, Translated by Sarah Valentine

By |04.07.12|



Gennady Aygi (1934-2006) is widely considered to be one of the great avant-garde poets from the former Soviet Union. He was born in Chuvashia, a territory located in the western part of Russia. In 1958 he was expelled from the Literary […]

Flimmaker Peter Hutton : It’s Not About the Pyrotechnics, It’s About Limitations

By |04.06.12|


The first time I saw a Peter Hutton film was at a screening at The MacDowell Colony several years ago when Peter was in residence. A small group of us gathered in the Colony library to watch Study of a […]

The Sunday Poem : Aimee Nezhukumatathil

By |03.31.12|





—The fear of long words


On the first day of classes, I secretly beg

my students Don’t be afraid of me. I know

my last […]

Soo Sunny Park & Spencer Topel Transform a Chain-Link Fence into Art

By |03.30.12|


On my recent visit to the deCordova Museum, one of the artworks I found most compelling was “Capturing Resonance” by sculptor Soo Sunny Park and composer Spencer Topel.

Park, who was born in Seoul, Korea, currently lives […]

The Sunday Poem : Kwame Dawes

By |03.24.12|


Today’s Sunday Poem, “Tornado Child” by Kwame Dawes, is one of many powerful poems in Dawes’ book Wisteria, Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country. The poems in this collection are based on Dawes’ conversations with the elders of Sumter, […]

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Jonah Lehrer on How Creativity Works : 5 Insights from Julia Child, Dylan, & Picasso

By |03.23.12|


In 1965 singer Bob Dylan was burned out after a grueling tour; he was sick of reporters’ questions and tired of performing the same old songs. Dylan told his manager that he was quitting music for good and […]