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And then there was St. Kevin and the blackbird

And then there was St. Kevin and the blackbird

Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney died today. He was the most deeply rooted of poets, rooted in his native Irish soil and in the every day language of every day people. Here's a wonderful poem that shows his gifts, "St. Kevin and the Blackbird."

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This is awesome: Pop songs meet Shakespearean sonnets. This is my favorite, but Beyonce's "Single Ladies" is pretty fabulous. http://popsonnet.tumblr.com/

9 months ago

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I just got off an interview with a VERY emeritus professor of archeology who may have some kind of speech impediment and seemed to be moving the phone back and forth away from his mouth. He was both warbly, mumbly, and easy irritated, which made for a very difficult phone call. Elderly archeologist: "So they excavated the posts and sharfle murble blurpleprim." Me, hesitantly: "I'm sorry, so the the posts were important?" Elderly archeologist, exasperated with my stupidity: "No! The posts aren't important, what's important is that they flamble friggish floamed!" Me, intimidated: "Oh. Um, OK."

11 months ago

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Research this morning includes the 15th century mega-drought in the Central US, which make the Dust Bowl seem like a warm-ish afternoon. Really glad it's raining right now.

12 months ago

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"Lunday supplies a sharp narrative history of the famous 1913 Armory Show in New York, which helped to introduce the American public to modern art. . . . A vivid, compelling portrait of the Armory Show and its lasting influence on American art." - Kirkus

"Brilliantly chronicles the American art world’s fateful collision with European Modernism and the game-changing innovations of Picasso, Matisse, and Duchamp at the famed Armory Show of 1913. . . . Lunday captures the sights and sounds of the era as well as the intellectual and social background behind the Armory Show’s genesis in this must-read account of a truly pivotal moment in art history." - Jonathan Lopez, author of The Man Who Made Vermeers

“This is one of those books you buy to give to someone else and decide to keep for yourself.”
- Krys Boyd, Host of KERA 90.1’s Think!

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"Grant Wood's 'American Gothic'" No American artwork has been parodied more than American Gothic. Zombies, dogs, Beavis and Butthead, the Muppets, Lego figures, and even Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have taken a turn with the pitchfork. But the painting itself is no joke--American Gothic is as recognizable as the Mona Lisa and The Scream. mental_floss, Jan/Feb 2012.

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