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Dublin day 2 (5-21-2017)

Today we saw Beckett’s telephone at the Irish Writers Museum and encountered Joyce in St. Stephens Green. At the Chester Beatty Museum we were awed by his collection of early paper and early book bindings. The post-impressionist paintings at the Hugh Lane Gallery were ones we’d never seen. The map...

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Dublin today (5-20-2017)

Arrived in Dublin today — and spent most of the day (despite jet-lag) walking around the city, dodging raindrops and then enjoying the sudden sun. We stopped in at the National Gallery, walked across the Liffey for dinner, strolled Grafton street, had a few pub pints. Click on any image...

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Harvard morning

Here in Cambridge, MA, to host a KWH “salon” evening and to record an episode of PoemTalk at the Woodberry Poetry Room. I went for a beat-the-heat early run this morning—3 miles all the way through and around Harvard’s campus. Here are a few views I found interesting and, as...

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Nabokov’s post-Holocaust story

Currently David Roberts and I are co-leading an online discussion group. We’re discussing two stories; one is Vladimir Nabokov’s “Symbols and Signs,” first published in the New York in May of 1948. I believe this is Nabokov’s post-Holocaust story. I asked the group (80 or so people from around the...

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Greenwich Village afternoon

On this cool, partly sunny afternoon, I met a friend for lunch on Cornelia Street. Along the way I snapped these photographs. Click on any image for a larger view. The fifth photo was taken inside Murray’s Cheese shop. The first two: Charles Street.

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Today on the turnpike (& more)

I made the four-hour drive home today from the mountains. The New Jersey Turnpike, the lively colors of which I often overlook (especially on a gray rainy day like this one), was fun to look at. Then when I drove through Center City Philly its colors struck me forcefully too....

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KWH’s newly planted gardens

After the construction of Perry World House we were able to build a new fence and then—just recently—enjoyed the planting of new flowers, bushes and trees for our Class of 1942 Garden. Today was a gorgeous Philly spring day so I took a few photos of the garden nearly in...

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ModPo in London (October 2017)

A few months ago I announced that the ModPo team would be taking our annual “on the road” webcast to London, England, this year. Today we are excited to share more details of this visit. We are very grateful to our London-based partners for providing us spaces to host our...

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Walter Benjamin’s arcades project & contemporary art

We went to the Jewish Museum to see the marvelous exhibit of contemporary art & poetry made in response to — and/or influenced by — Walter Benjamin’s remarkable Arcades Project. The show was partly curated by Kenneth Goldsmith, who arranged collaged texts and quotations to accompany each element of the...