Hughes’s Letters, Poetry from Sleigh, Michelangelo, Contemporary Art, Film | Arts & Humanities Reviews, January 2015

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Correspondence that shows Hughes’s kindness, generosity of spirit, and commitment to craft; driven, muscular poems that wrestle with violence, love, and the hybrid self; Unger’s Michelangelo captivates the reader from the first sentence.

Bukowski, Dylan, von Furstenberg, Robots, & the New American Generation | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 2

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Bukowski, Charles. On Writing. Ecco. Jul. 2015. 112p. ISBN 9780062396006. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062395986.LITERATURE/LETTERS The great cultural iconoclast Bukowski hasn’t been with us for two decades, but you can still hire him on as a writing teacher by reading this collection of his correspondence with publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers. Lots of insights into […]

Q&A: Margaret C. Sullivan, the Author of Jane Austen Cover to Cover on Austen’s work and legacy

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“I’ve never felt Austen’s work was chained to its time period in essence. In details it certainly is, but while the setting of her novels was in the Georgian/Regency period, at its core she was writing about people and their behavior.”

Baraka’s Verse, Levy’s Take on Huck Finn, van Gogh’s Letters, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, December 2014

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Baraka’s work will attract those who prefer their verse weaponized; Levy offers an important new opinion of Huck Finn, Twain, and the topic of race; an affordable, well-presented, and scholarly publication of van Gogh’s missives.

Jane Austen, Aretha Franklin, Anjelica Huston, Anne Lamott | Arts & Humanities Reviews, November 15, 2014

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A must-read for Huston fans, a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings from Lamott, Ritz’s compelling record of the life of a musical titan, a comprehensive overview of the many iterations of the Jane Austen oeuvre.

Experience Schubert’s Winter Journey, the History of the Book, Poet Muldoon, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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British tenor Bostridge’s take on Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, a history of the book in 100 books, poems that inspire readers to think, a charming history on the color green, an extravagant compilation of fashion history

Bloom, Ellis, Shipler, & the Freakonomics Duo | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2015, Pt. 1

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Bloom, Harold. The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime. Spiegel & Grau. May 2015. 528p. ISBN 9780812997828. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780812997835. LITERATURE A Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale, former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard, and MacArthur Fellow, Bloom at 84 remains one of our best-known and most influential critics. Though he’s […]

African American Lives: Books for February, Black History Month

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These 100 titles celebrate the rich variety of the lives of the community’s artists, ­businesspeople, athletes, scholars, activists, and more.

Writers’ Lives, Jack O’Brien, Pushcart Prize XXXIX, & Lots Lots More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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Interviews with authors, performers, and thinkers for the New York Times Book Review’s recurring By the Book feature, O’Brien’s exuberant, charming account of his career, a continuation of the series’ classic tradition.

Poet Boland Masters Language, A History of Western Music Notation, Interviews with Joni Mitchell, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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A superb poetry collection not to be missed, full of exquisite language, music, knowledge and emotion; Kelly’s subject has bedeviled music students for generations; a valuable portrayal of an enduring artist.