February 11, 2019

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry – February

By Dave Lucas

It’s happening again. Even as we speak, elsewhere—in a college dorm, maybe, or some recess of the internet—a word is changing. Just as “cool” evolved in African-American jazz circles of the […]

December 7, 2015

An Issue of Blood

By Dora Malech

This Thursday is Emily Dickinson’s 185th birthday; she was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she died in 1886. In 1885, she wrote to Mabel Loomis Todd, who […]

May 19, 2015

Basic Instructions for Being Human

By Brian Michael Murphy

These days, I’m thinking much about my love for liberal education and the ways in which it continues to be relevant in the world of screens, as the virtual begins […]

October 31, 2014


By Cody Walker

It’s Halloween; let’s light the cauldron. Shakespeare’s weird sisters, when making their hell-broth, tossed in “Eye of newt and toe of frog, / Wool of bat and tongue of dog”—and, […]

May 23, 2013

The Regression to the Primitive

By Amit Majmudar

  Northrop Frye, discussing the arc of Shakespeare’s plays, says something very profound about Shakespeare’s late “Romances,” like A Winter’s Tale and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.   …as a dramatist, […]

December 17, 2012

Why Ashbery is So Dull

By Amit Majmudar

Those who dislike John Ashbery’s poetry often complain that they “don’t understand it.” As any Ashbery fan will explain, while secretly thinking you a retrogressive muggle, there is nothing to […]