The Political Football of Abortion Includes Passively Refusing to Play:…

The recent media exposure of the Kermit Gosnell trial seems to be a story now because of its initial “lack” of coverage. The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf, in his most recent column, “14 Theories for Why Kermit Gosnell’s Case Didn’t Get More Media Attention”, enumerates hypotheses ranging from a judge’s gag order to… » 4/17/13 2:20pm 4/17/13 2:20pm

What I think is going on with poetry and poetry awards is something Joseph Epstein wrote about recently; he discussed “the resounding boredom” facing poetics in America “even though reams and reams of the stuff gets published, prizes awarded, poets laureate appointed”. Those who successfully publish poetry or teach… » 4/16/13 1:51pm 4/16/13 1:51pm

"Everything Exploded" : Jack Kerouac's View of Allen Ginsberg (And…

Just how disenchanted Kerouac eventually became with [Allen] Ginsberg (as he became to a lesser extent with [William] Burroughs) can be seen in a decision he made in 1964 when he was broke and couldn't afford to put a headstone on his sister Nin's grave in Orlando: he turned down an invitation to appear in a film… » 4/10/13 8:07am 4/10/13 8:07am

Impossibilities: The Internet Lies to Me So Wonderfully

This photo alone is a tidy bit of visual primary historical documentation: three "Modern" femmes smoking pipes on a beach in seeming defiance of societal gender norms. The photo's historical relevance carries little weight for media farming, however. Independently, it would not generate enough interest to garner… » 4/08/13 11:08am 4/08/13 11:08am