Blessed with a pitch-perfect name for his métier, Lester Bangs
wrote on the subject of rock music--writing, for him, being a matter of
slamming two nouns together so their heads rang, an
After his death in 1975 at the age of 70, Lionel Trilling underwent
something of an eclipse.
If our political parties insist on producing bad show business, then the
least we should demand is that Hollywood make good movies.
American politicians are not noted for their historical self-consciousness.
Judith Miller is a New York Times reporter much in evidence on
talk shows and seminars on the Middle East.
The New York of 1945 was the victorious city of the New Deal and World War II, one that can barely be glimpsed today beneath postmodern towers and billboards for dot-com enterprises.
When I visit the Poetry Publication Showcase, an annual display of the year's new poetry books at Poets House in Manhattan, I feel as if I've been granted a precious audience with Poetry itself.
Long before I'd gone to a theater and lashed myself to a seat, I formed two expectations about The Perfect Storm.
It is a depressing rule for students of American political discourse that the more one happens to know about a given subject, the more amazing one finds the brazen ignorance that passes for publi