Modern master of the mandolin Chris Thile hates being boxed in by genres, and has made his reputation by going beyond traditional tunes. With a new album of works by Bach, the virtuoso easily moves from Americana to classical. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thile about his career and who he calls the greatest musician who ever lived. Continue reading
“Autolandscape, Utah,” photo by Elaine Mayes, courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. View a slide show with more photographs from the exhibit, “Landscapes in Passing.” Elaine Mayes drove from San Francisco to Massachusetts in 1971 to document the American … Continue reading
While the 19th century vision of America was as untrammeled wilderness — overwhelming, majestic and sublime — a new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum shows a grittier 20th century America, altered by its inhabitants. "Landscapes in Passing" features the work of three photographers inspired by life on the road. Continue reading
Matthea Harvey is the author of “Modern Life,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper and BOMB.
Liao Yiwu was in his early 30s when he was arrested for writing and performing a poem about the brutality of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. A new memoir about his time in prison called “For a Song and A Hundred Songs” has just been published.
After the massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989, poet Liao Yiwu responded in anger and sadness with a powerful poem that become popular among activists. But his verse led to his imprisonment. Jeffrey Brown talks to the poet about his work and time in prison, recounted in his new memoir, "For a Song and a Hundred Songs." Continue reading
Frederick Douglass traveling through Ireland in 1845; the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1919; Sen. George Mitchell in 1998 trying to forge peace in Northern Ireland. Those actual people and events are at the heart of a the new novel "TransAtlantic." Author Colum McCann talks to Jeffrey Brown about his latest book. Continue reading
O July 4, 2001, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky read aloud for NewsHour viewers the concluding section of Walt Whitman’s “By Blue Ontario’s Shore,” Pinsky said, “Whitman’s list of what he ‘will not shirk’ remains an attractive agenda and can inspire a credible patriotism.” Here, for the 4th of July, are Walt Whitman’s lines: