The Revelations of Thom Gunn’s Letters
The late poet’s letters are an introduction not only to literature but to the man himself.
When Barbara Pym could not be published
The English novelist was reaching her peak when publishers decided she was outdated. But some of his contemporaries knew better.
“Creation continues”, “The story of a sister”, “The last days of Roger Federer” and “Life on the rocks”.
Malcolm X and Hamlet take over the opera stage
Anthony Davis’ ‘X’ makes a memorable return to the Detroit Opera, while Brett Dean’s ‘Hamlet’ comes to the Met.
Daddy issues in a pair of coins
James Ijames’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fat Ham” to the audience and Édouard Louis’ “Who Killed My Father” at St. Ann’s Warehouse both feature queer protagonists who are questioning and haunted by their fathers.
The talk of the town
Jelani Cobb on gun politics; the last phone booths standing; cooking for Coachella; in memory of Roger Angell (1920-2022).
The Atrocity of American Gun Culture
After mass shootings like those in Uvalde and Buffalo, pro-gun officials say they don’t want to politicize the tragedy. But the circumstances that allow the mass murder of children are inherently political.
Endangered Species Department
Reports of the death of the payphone are greatly exaggerated
Days after the city bade farewell to its “last payphone” with much hype, a detective reported several remaining phone booths – making calls from said phone booths.
With the band
Haute cuisine group takes on the music festival circuit
At Coachella, Gaggan Anand, the star chef turned purveyor of festival feasts, serves up slow-cooked duck and cedar-grilled barramundi before seeing Fatboy Slim.
Remembering Roger Angell, Hall of Famer
In a well-lived century, he established himself as the most exacting of editors, the most agile of stylists, a mentor to generations of writers, and the best columnist in baseball.
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