Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Silverchest" Links

Carl Phillips' 2013 poetry collection, Silverchest, which we'll be discussing on Feb. 17, can most certainly stand on its own without any critical apparatus.  That said, reading this slender volume (and rereading it) only whetted my appetite to learn more about the poet and his work, so here are a few links for your consideration.

To hear Phillips read the title poem in the collection  

To visit the poet's faculty page (Washington University in St. Louis)

To read a New Yorker review

To read a Lambda Literary review

Monday, February 8, 2016

Glass Menage @ Ford's

From John —

The production of The Glass Menagerie at Ford's Theatre is superb. At the Super Bowl Sunday matinee it got a well-deserved standing ovation. Strong performances by all four actors, including Madeleine Potter as Amanda. Unobtrusive, effective staging. Very interesting to see after our discussions of Williams. The play runs through February 21.

The program advertises two other local Williams productions this spring:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Round House Theatre, March 30-April 24
A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre (Baltimore), April 13-June 12.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Snowbound, BookMen continue their Mad Pilgrimmage of the Flesh.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The enormousness of "enormity"

Can't imagine how I've managed to be ignorant (blissfully) of this nit-pick. No one who's serious about such things can be without Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (first published in 1989). Everyone may have their [sic] preferences and I have mine, but it's foolish to presume that they amount to much more than that. Webster's concluding paragraph from its documentary four columns is:

We agree with these two commentators [one of whom, William Safire]. We have seen that there is no clear basis for the "rule" at all [a common conclusion]. We suggest that you follow the writers rather than the critics: writers use enormity with a richness and subtlety that the critics have failed to take account of. The stigmatized sense is entirely standard and has been for more than a century and a half.

My purpose in this post is more to call attention to the work cited than to engage in the dispute. I haven't yet summoned sufficient interest to read the full entry.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

10 @ most photogenic

Merlo, Kazan, Tenn, and Feldman

      "the best photo that Tennessee Williams ever took" — Lee Levine

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Anyone should get the first four (first six?) of this tongue-twisting acronym … but the last six!? Test yourself before clicking on the link that reveals all. Once you've got it down pat, try it out as a pick-up line in your favorite bar (or at least a conversation starter). Write a "comment" to report on your success.

Reeves Center Parking

Thanks to John for this information:

"There is an underground parking garage with its entrance on the north side of U Street just west of the building housing the DC Center—in fact, I think it's within the same structure. It costs a flat $10 in the evening. I have never found it anywhere close to full. Having circled many blocks down there hunting for a space in the past, I now go right to the garage."