Today is the birthday of Leonard Cohen. You may know Leonard Cohen as the cantankerous folk-singer from Canada who wrote “Suzanne” and “So Long, Marianne.” However, Cohen was a poet and novelist years before his recording career began. His career in poetry has spanned fifty years, from the release of his first book, Let Us Compare Mythologies, in […]
Above is St. Francis in the Desert,by Giovanni Bellini. If you can’t see this (and many other works of art) in person, you should check them out at the new googleartproject.com. Last summer, I made a special trip from New Haven to New York to see Bellini’s painting at the Fricke Gallery. Now it’s at googleartproject.com, […]
I am teaching The Crucible again, which means trying to teach McCarthyism to kids who were born in 1995. So this year, I showed my class footage of the actual H.U.A.C. hearings. Have you ever seen this stuff? Teaching McCarthyism to my students is difficult. I mean, teaching the concept of McCarthyism to anyone is hard […]
Today is the birthday of Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl, who was born on this date in 1916 in Wales, is of course best-known for his children’s books. Following is a partial list of his best known titles for youngsters–chances are you’ve read some of these: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Matilda The BFG James and […]
Best wishes to all for the 2011-2012 Pittsburgh Steelers’ season. Above, my daughter readies herself for her first game.
Today marks the anniversary of the death of poet Sigfried Sassoon. Siegfried Sassoon was born in England in 1886. In August of 1914, just days before war broke out in Europe, he voluntarily entered the British army. At six feet, six inches tall, Sassoon was a fearless soldier and fierce fighter. He earned the nickname […]