Literature

In Memoriam: Jaroslav Pelikan

“What you have received as an inheritance from your fathers, you must possess again in order to make it your own.” – Jaroslav Pelikan’s motto, from Goethe’s Faust Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and one of the foremost scholars on the history of Christianity,

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Crush Wins Triangle Award

The 18th annual Publishing Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published in 2005, were presented last week in New York City. The Thomas Gunn Award for Gay Poetry went to Richard Siken’s Crush. This is only the latest in the string of accolades Richard

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The End Justifies the Green

What do The Godfather, The Cat in the Hat, and Machiavelli’s The Prince have in common? According to Stanley Bing in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, they are among the five books that offer the soundest advice for proper business etiquette. Before your eyes roll too far into the back

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Nearest Thing to Heaven

The foursquare view from the top of the Empire State, even more than the sweep of Manhattan that was available from the summit of the twin towers, is one of life’s great vistas. It may not quite be, as the building’s primary booster and moving force, Al Smith, argued, better

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Green Squall

“April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot once wrote, and for the last ten years, since its inception in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, has also been National Poetry Month. As part of this month-long national celebration of poetry, and in order to mitigate April’s cruelty, Yale Press

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Yale Drama Series

Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre are joining forces in a new venture to support emerging playwrights. They will jointly sponsor a major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series. The winner of the annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her

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Finding Support in Male-Dominated Fields

If I’m not busy every second of every day, it seems that I’m not working hard enough.  Maybe having a fulfilling personal life is incompatible with a successful career.   I feel like an emotional cafeteria, responding to what others want.  I feel responsible for everything but have no power

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Further Accolades for Crush

Richard Siken can add yet another trophy to his mantelpiece. It was announced last week that his book Crush, winner of the 2004 Yale Younger Poets prize and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, has been included among the Spring 2006 Book Sense Picks Poetry Top

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Manliness

“This book is about manliness,” begins the preface of a provocative new book by Harvey C. Mansfield, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University. What is that? It’s best to start from examples we know: our sports heroes, too many to name; Margaret Thatcher, the British prime

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The Art of Frederick Sommer

The Art of Frederick Sommer, winner of the 2005 Golden Light Award, Book of the Year, continues to receive accolades and enthusiastic reviews in publications across the country. American Photo (Jan/Feb 2006) includes the book among the “Best Photo Books of the Year,” and says, “This hefty retrospective of Sommer’s

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