Monday, February 29, 2016

"Persistent Voices" lives up to its name

Once I made it through the Oscars coverage in today's Style section of the Washington Post, I found a dance review by Celia Wren of what sounds like a fascinating multimedia performance by Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. Presented this past Saturday as part of the Atlas Intersections Festival, it was inspired by the anthology Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS--which was co-edited by none other than our very own Philip Clark!  (We read it as one of our third-Wednesday books during 2010 and 2011.)

The good news is that the piece will be repeated at 1:30 p.m. this coming Saturday, March 5, at the Atlas Theater (1333 H St. NE).  I plan to attend and hope to see some of you there!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The James Family Closet

Colm Toibin on Henry James is always interesting to read. Here's a new article in the Guardian on his family's attempt to keep him in the closet.

the young Henry James.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Carl Phillips

—a worthy addition to our list: Whitman, Houseman, Cavafy, Seth, Gunn, Crane, Merill, Ginsberg, Schneiderman, O'Hara, Bidart …

I hope readers will give him a chance.

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.