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Arts May 14First Family Hosts ‘Poetry Jam’ at White House
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama welcomed actors, poets and writers to the East Room of the White House for a night of poetry readings and spoken word.
Arts May 13Conversation: Author Mark Kurlansky on ‘America Eats’
Throughout the Depression, an ambitious New Deal project called "America Eats" employed secretaries and unemployed journalists, as well as literary luminaries -- Nelson Algren, Zora Neale Hurston and Eudora Welty -- to research and write about the nation's gastronomic traditions,…
Arts May 08Conversation: Daniyal Mueenuddin
Daniyal Mueenuddin new book, "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders," comprises a series of linked stories that explore the lives of peasants and landowners in Pakistan's Punjab.
Arts May 06New David Simon Drama Will Depict Life in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Fans of the groundbreaking TV drama "The Wire" can expect a new David Simon series about life in urban America next year. HBO has reportedly picked up "Treme," a new series about musicians in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.
Arts May 01Conversation: Arthur Phillips, Author of ‘The Song Is You’
Arthur Phillips, author of "The Song Is You," made a name for himself with his very first novel, "Prague," which became a national bestseller. That was followed by "The Egyptologist" and "Angelica."…
Arts Apr 29Chuck Berry still thrills at Blueberry Hill
Chuck Berry is St. Louis music incarnate: hillbilly sound mixed with the rush of rhythm and blues.
Arts Apr 28Conversation: Poet Carl Phillips
To read Carl Phillips to enter a world of finely-wrought poems that explore mind and body, history and intimacy. Phillips is a professor of English and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and a much praised and honored…
Arts Apr 24Conversation: Adina Hoffman, Author of the New Biography of Poet Taha Muhammad Ali
Several years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to travel through Israel and the West Bank to talk to Palestinian and Israeli poets. Among the remarkable writers I met there and the one who made the greatest impression on viewers…
Arts Apr 20Around the Country, Newspapers Cut Arts Critics
The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. It's a time to celebrate the best in journalism, but also a chance for us to look at changes in the industry and their impact on the quality of newspaper coverage.
Arts Apr 17Conversation: John Richardson, Biographer and Friend of Pablo Picasso
For much of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was at the forefront of modern art, but the work of his later years has at times been taken less seriously, as more an appendage to his earlier, revolutionary turns.