May 2, 2007KR BlogUncategorized

Take Two

[Filling in for the lovely Ms. Lopatto as she makes her grand Ohio road tour.]

Two very different takes on literature found on–eek!–television recently, and thanks to the Internets you can still see/read both.

First, PBS’ somber “America at the Crossroads” examination of Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, a project from the National Endowment for the Arts. Featuring 10 American soldiers fighting in Iraq who read from their poetry, fiction, and essays, as well as commentary from veterans Tim O’Brien, Tobias Wolff, and Yusef Komunyakaa, the program shows us why literature–especially literature about war–still matters.

And then there’s poet Robert Pinsky moderating the “Meta-Free-Phor-All” between Stephen Colbert and Sean Penn. Shall I nail thee to a summer’s day? [An aside: As avid Colbert watchers know, the beginning of each show features an uber patriotic, made-up adjective to describe the show, like “Lincolnish.” My bid for the next one–and they appear to change upon Colbert’s return from vacation–is “freelicious.” You heard it here first.]