Wise-Cracking and Wit

There’s a helluva distance between wise-cracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words. …Dorothy Parker, in The Art of Fiction No. 13 from The Paris Review, which very well might be the funniest thing I’ve read...

Game of Thrones Predictions

For the record: Dany dies in childbirth Jon dies in battle Jamie Kingslayer kills the Night King Arya kills Cersei wearing Littlefinger’s face Sansa becomes Queen in the North The Night King, a Stark, was the first double-duty warg/greenseer The Three-Eyed Raven...

Poetry: who needs it…

No wonder kids don’t like it — it becomes another way to bully them into feeling “compassion” or “tolerance,” part of a curriculum that makes them good citizens but bad readers of poetry. …from the good ol’ Sunday Review in the Times of New York, an...

Charles Wright – US Poet Laureate…

Charles Wright is a master of the meditative, image-driven lyric,” Librarian of Congress James Billington said in an announcement Thursday. “For almost 50 years his poems have reckoned with what he calls ‘language, landscape, and the idea of...