Year of the Pig - 2/10/2019
ROALD DAHL, poem, "The Three Little Pigs."
Bones - 10/28/2018
EDGAR ALLEN POE, "The Raven."
Brush up Your Shakespeare - 4-21-2018
Wikipedia entry for murdered lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
March Madness - 3-18-2018
LEWIS CARROLL, "Mad Hatter's Tea Party and Advice from a Caterpillar exerpts from Alice in Wonderland.
Who Let the Dogs Out - 2/17/2018
EZRA DYER, "Puppy Love," from the Improper Bostonian, December 2017/January 2018.
Do the "Wright" Thing - 6-11-2017
ARTHUR LAUETANO, exerpts from Do the Right Thing: A Surgeon’s Approach to Life.
Year of the Rooster - 1-28-2017
ERIC ORMSBY, poem, "Rooster."
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night - 10-29-2016
DANTE ALIGHIERI, Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita / mi ritrovai per una selva oscura, / ché la diritta via era smarrita, the opening line of Canto One of the Inferno in Italian and in the English translation by Pinsky.
Mardi Gras - 2/6/2016
LORD BYRON, "So We'll Go No More a Roving."
Diary - 8/2/2015
ANNE FRANK, Last entry in her diary, August 1, 1944 (71 years ago).
MARILYN MONROE, excerpts from her diary, as reproduced in the book, Fragments.
Human Events - 7/5/2015
STEWART O'NAN, excerpt from West of Sunset.
Bargain - 4/4/2015
From the motion picture "The Godfather," the "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" scene.
Wall - 11/22/2014
MARY ELISE SAROTTE, except from The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall.
VOLKER VIERGUTZ, excerpt "Graffiti and artwork of the Berlin Wall" from The Berlin Wall 1961 - 1989: Photographs from the Stock of the Archives of the Land of Berlin, with accompanying DVD.
Blood - 10/31/2014
WM. SHAKESPEARE, MacBeth Act V Scene 1 ("Who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?")
Burns Night - 1/25/2014
ROBERT BURNS, poems.
Bewitched - 10/31/2013
WM. SHAKESPEAR, MacBeth Act IV Scene 1 ("Something Wicked This Way Comes")
Work - 9/1/2013
Beauty is La Familia & A Family Heirloom and
A Tale of a Beauty Career.
Secrets - 4/25/2013
JULIAN FELLOWES, Television drama script Downton Abbey, Season 1, Episode 3, end of Act 2 and beginning of Act 3 (Lady Mary and Mr. Pamuk).
A Christmas Story - 12/8/2012
STEPHEN LEACOCK, "The Errors of Santa Claus" from Wet Wit & Dry Humour.
For Those in Peril on the Sea - 4/13/2012
LOGAN MARSHALL, Chapter 15 "Jack Thayer's Own Story Of The Wreck," from Sinking Of The Titanic And Great Sea Disasters.
Here There By Dragons - 1/20/2012
LEONARD LIPTON, "Puff, the Magic Dragon" (music by PETER YARROW).
Dark - 10/22/2011
DANTE ALIGHIERI, beginning of Inferno (canto i, "unsa selva oscura") from The Divine Comedy and
Memorable lines from the 1966 television "soap opera" Dark Shadows.
Dry - 9/25/2011
JACK KEROUAC, excerpt from Chapter 4 of On the Road and shared photos of places in Lowell, Mass., associated with Kerouac.
Wet - 7/16/2011
JOSEPH BRODSKY, excerpt (pg 11-16) from Watermark and
CHARLES BUKOWSKI, excerpt (pg 21-25) from "Women" from Drinking, Smoking, & Screwing:
Great Writers on Good Times.
Gory/Gorey Valentine - 2/27/2011
EDWARD GOREY, "Ghastly Crumb Tinies" and some limericks
Villians - 9/11/2010
MICHELE McPHEE, first four pages of Craigslist Killer: A Date with Death.
Heroes - 4/10/2010
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Second Inaugural Address and
MARK WAID, excerpt from the introduction to Superman in the Fifies.
"Dear John"/Lover Letters - 2/12/2010
DOROTHY PARKER, "The Little Old Lady in Lavendar Silk".
A Valentine's Day poem my father cut from the newspaper and gave
to my mother in 1953.
JOHN KEATS, A love letter to Fanny Brawne, from Newport, July 8, 1819.
Disasters - 1/15/2010
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, "The Wreck of the Hesperus."
The Beat Goes On - 9/5/2009
JACK KEROUAC, selections from On the Road and Dr. Sax and "About Naked Lunch."
ALLEN GINSBERG, selection.
Vice Verse - 2/24/2009
ANNE SEXTON, "When Man Enters Woman."
RICHARD BRAUGHTIGAN, "I've Never Had It Done So Gently Before."
DOROTHY PARKER, "Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday."
Winter - 1/11/2009
ROBERT SERVICE, "Death in the Arctic" and
"A Song of Winter"
Hollywood/Bollywood - 11/14/2008
NITOO DAS, poems, "The Lover Imagines," "The Pebble and the Sea," "Pencil," "Vase,"
"Scissors," "Razor," "Written after a visit to an electric crematorium."
Rhymes with June - 6/30/08
In a tunefull manner told the story of Brian Jones (1942-1969) founder of the rock band The Rolling Stones
PAT TOWNSHEND and MICK KIRTON, song lyrics "Sprit of Brian Jones."
PERCY SHELLEY, "Adonaïs"
Run for the Roses - 5/3/2008
"Racing's Royal Bloodlines" from the May 2, 2008 Wall Street Journal: How it came about that all the entries
in the 134th Kentucky Derby are from the line of "Native Dancer," a line that produces very fast horses with tendency toward
ailments of the feet.
Burns Night - 1/27/2008
Toast to the Laddies.
Bounty - 11/18/2007
JENNINGS, FURTHMAN, & WILSON, Mutiny on the Bounty Screenplay, 1935
Wikipedia entry for Bounty paper towel
LINDA GREENLAW, "Thanksgiving" from Recipes from a Very Small Island
Ghosts - 10/31/2007
BARBARA SMITH, selections Rudolph Valentino and Marilyn Monroe from Ghost Stories of Hollywood.
Ides of March - 3/18/2007
Excerpts from Wikipedia entry for March 15.
Love is Magical - 2/18/2007
J. K. ROWLING, excerpt "Harry Potter's Second Task" from The Goblet of Fire.
Souls - 10/29/2006
DANTE ALIGHIERI, selection "Francesca and Paolo" from Inferno Canto V of The Divine Comedy.
Baseball - 4/23/2006
ANGUS G. GARBER III, seleciton "Babe Ruth" from Baseball Legends and
Story of Mary's visit to Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Anniversaries - 3/26/2006
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING (this year being the bicentenary of her birth), Number 18 from the Sonnets from the Portuguese and "A Woman's Shortcomings."
Birthdays - 3/19/2005
"Monday's Child Is Fair of Face, etc." by Mother Goose and
a story about two men, both born in 1913 overheard at a recent Boston Browning Society affair arguing over who was the older.
Talk About Sex - 2/12/2005
ANAIS NIN, seleciton form Henry and June.
Masks - 10/30/2004
HENDRIK WILLEM VAN LOON, selection about the origin of opera in the masque from The Arts.
Fallen Women - 9/25/2004
COLE PORTER, song lyrics "Love for Sale" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."
Exotic Places - 6/19/2004
CAROLINE ALEXANDER, selection on the Bounty's landfall at Tahiti form The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty.
Avian Literary Night - 5/29/2004
DAPHNE Du MAURIER, selections from The Birds.
Food for Thought - 11/29/2003
TONY HARRISON, "A Kumqat for John Keats,"
COLE PORTER, "Sunday Morning Breakfast Time,"
STANLEY J. SHARPLESS, "In Praise of Cocoa," and
NOEL COWARD, "Something on a Tray."
Selections from Eat Drink and Be Merry
Death - 11/1/2003
Smithsonian Magazine, excerpts from article about Dracula Park in Romania,
PERCY SHELLEY, "Adonaïs"
JOHN DONNE, "Death Rebuked," and
JOHN MILTON, "Dream of a Dead Wife."
Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll - 8/18/2003
FRAN LEBOWITZ, "If Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Shut Them" and
ROBERT BRAUTIGAN, "I've Never Had it Done so Gently Before.
And played CD of Janice Joplin singing "Piece of My Heart."
American Dream - 7/3/2003
The Declaration of Independence.
Fairy Tales - 4/21/2003
"Aladin or the Wonderful Lamp" from Arabian Nights
Idylls of March - 3/1/2003
DANTE ALIGHIERI, Inferno, Canto V from The Divine Comedy.
Let me Count the Ways - 2/15/2003
KEATS, love letters to Fanny Brawne from Historic Love Letters.
Heat up Your Holidays - 12/14/2002
"The Christmas Story According to Saint Luke,"
ANGELO PATRI, "Real Christmas," and
"A Manicurist's A Week Before Christmas."
MARGARET TARRANTS (ed.), Christmas Garland, selections:
A Chill up Your Spine - 10/27/2002
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, MacBeth, Act. IV ("Bubble, bubble toil and trouble...").
Symposium - 7/2/2002
HOMER, "The Rage of Achilles" from Iliad.
Dante and Chianti - 6/3/2002
DANTE ALIGHIERI, selection from Paradiso from The Divine Comedy.
Poetry and Potation - 4/30/2002
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Expose Yourself to Literature - 5/26/2001
JACK KEROUAC, selection about driving into Mexico from On the Road.