May 11, 2018

A Conversation with poet July Westhale

By K.E. Ogden

The Necessity of Dangerous Poetry and the Power of Voice July Westhale visited Kirsten Ogden’s class at Pasadena City College in April 2018 and continued a conversation with students over […]

March 30, 2016

Phife’s Islands

By Brian Michael Murphy

The third death of A Tribe Called Quest occurred last week with the passing of Phife Dawg. The first death came after The Love Movement, when the group broke up; […]

February 16, 2016

Life of a Poem, Part II

By Dora Malech

In my last post, I spent some time with the first line of George Starbuck’s poem “Of Late.” “‘Stephen Smith, University of Iowa sophomore, burned what he said was his […]

December 8, 2015

Delmore Schwartz: Be With Me Now

By Dora Malech

Right now I want something I don’t believe in. –James Galvin, “Blue or Green” In a hard time, Tarfia Faizullah showed me Jack Gilbert’s “Failing and Flying” and Jane Lewty showed […]

October 25, 2015

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Irrelevance

By Amit Majmudar

  With the American government sending drones overseas, with our military involved over the past decade in conflict after dirty conflict; with the largest incarcerated population in the world, and […]

September 25, 2015

Is Paris Still Paris?

By Brian Michael Murphy

“In a beautiful turn of phrase, Hugo von Hofmannsthal called [this city] ‘a landscape built of pure life.’ And at work in the attraction it exercises on people is the […]

August 28, 2015

A Postcard from–

By Dora Malech

My Johns Hopkins colleague Hollis Robbins (director of the JHU Center for Africana Studies and chair of the humanities department at the Peabody Institute)  recently wrote an article for The Chronicle of […]

December 10, 2014

Earl Sweatshirt’s Bookshelf, and Time

By Brian Michael Murphy

Bookshelves do funny things to time. In a recent clip, rapper Earl Sweatshirt lets FADER TV tour his Hollywood bachelor pad. In a Cribs send-up, he guides the camera through […]

November 28, 2013

Happy Birthday to “Midnight”

By Brian Michael Murphy

A few weeks ago, an important literary event went unnoticed in the literary world: Midnight Marauders turned twenty. Midnight, the third album of legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called […]