Socialist Politics in Art (1880–1940), Butler’s Impressions of Cuba, Roper Explores Nabokov in America | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2015


An important addition to library collections focusing on art history, socialism, and 20th-century American radicalism; Butler’s Domino Diaries should have broad appeal; Roper has done an inspired job exploring Nabokov in America

18th-Century French Fashion, 20th-Century Literary History, Contemporary Painting | Arts & Humanities Reviews, April 15, 2015


Chrisman-Campbell explores the variety and novelty of 18th-century fashion trends, Jefferson ties together classical stories on how seafaring and ocean adventure influenced authors, Hudson’s well-illustrated survey of the disparate tendencies in international painting.

Poetical Nonfiction: Five Books for National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World


Appreciating poetry often means looking beyond the poems themselves. Here are five nonfiction titles that explore the way the craft works, the lives of poets, and the meaning of verse in our lives and the world.

Poet Nickole Brown, Filmmaker John Hughes, Photographer Paul Strand, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, April 1, 2015


Brown tells the story of her grandmother Fanny; ­Honeycutt reviews Hughes’s legacy of creating memorable characters; an overdue, fitting tribute to Paul Strand, one of the great American masters of the 20th century.

The Artist’s Garden, British Literary Society, the World’s Greatest Drummers, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, March 15, 2015


An important addition to the history of American art; Perry is laugh-out-loud funny; Inkling members C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams; a poetic voice welcome in the breast cancer canon.

Eleanor Marx Bio, Local Architecture, New York School Painters & Poets | Arts & Humanities Reviews, March 1, 2015


The “foremother of socialist feminism”; a wonderful beginning reader for architecture students; a genuinely engaged, appreciative look at the work, lives, and relationships of artists; one of the most enjoyable books about Welles.

Art History, Poet Hirshfield, Hitchcock, Nirvana, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, February 15, 2015


Banai’s ambitious attempt to rethink the art history survey text; Crawford takes a unique look at attention; Hirshfield is not only a sensitive reader, but a pleasure to read; Frohman’s work is worthwhile for Nirvana enthusiasts.

Free download: love poems performed by Richard Armitage


Audible has released Classic Love Poems performed by Richard Armitage as a free download

Black Artists, Pope Francis, Favorite Heroines, David Lynch, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, February 1, 2015


The final volume in the monumental study of the image of and contributions of black people in the history of art; an author nostalgic for her favorite heroines, an important contribution to literary scholars, White’s passion for Dutch painting.

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


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.