Posts Tagged: Boston
Oh better far to live and die
Under the brave black flag I fly
Then play a sanctimonious part
With a pirate head and a pirate heart!!
–The Pirates of Penzance
At fifteen years old, I was a runaway. It was perhaps 9:30 at night, my first night out, having hitchhiked a couple of hundred miles north towards Tallahassee, when they rushed me to the emergency room from the teen center where I’d gone to look for a crash pad....more
Boston Public Library aims to cut through 400 years of literary analysis and explore the pages of Shakespeare’s original writings, including some of his most famous works.
The Boston Public Library has a new exhibition, “Shakespeare Unauthorized,” which features four Shakespearean folios and other artifacts, Talia Avakian reports for Travel + Leisure....more
Boston-based literary magazine The Pilgrim was founded by journalist James Parker with the aim to bring the unheard voices of the homeless community to print while encouraging, teaching, and healing through the act of writing. At the Boston Globe, Zachary Jason takes us inside a meeting of the Black Seed Writers Group as they create the 39th issue of The Pilgrim....more
Boston’s City Hall and Mass Poetry, a Massachusetts-based poetry nonprofit, has embarked on an urban art project: They’ve stenciled poems onto Boston’s sidewalks using paint that only appears in the rain. Sara Siegel, the program director at Mass Poetry, says: “We want to bring poetry to the people....more
Following in The Boss’s footsteps, many musicians are speaking out against North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which bans trans men and women from using bathrooms of a gender other than that listed on their birth certificates. Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Boston, Ani DiFranco, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have cancelled shows scheduled in North Carolina in protest of HB2, NPR reports, and local venues are protesting the law with signs stating their solidarity with inclusivity on all bathroom doors....more
But any poet today who shared Longfellow’s taste would be laughed out of the room. He wanted heroism; we want the ordinary. He wanted grand dramas; we want insightful understatement. He wanted music; we want images.
Over at the Ploughshares blog, Tim Ellison writes about wandering through Boston with American poetry in his mind....more
One Moore Books in Monrovia, Liberia, plans on publishing books aimed at children. The shop was founded by thirty-year-old Wayétu Moore, who fled Liberia as a refugee at the age of five.
Three years ago, Jenny Milchman launched Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day with the goal of getting children who ordinarily don’t have access to books into stores....more
Ernest Hemingway lived outside of Havana, Cuba for almost twenty years, and his former house there is a national museum. However, time (and the Caribbean humidity) have damaged many of the writer’s books and papers. Now, a Boston-based foundation is helping to conserve Papa’s property, with help from none other than former TV host Bob Vila....more
Do you ever dream of working in a bookstore? Well, in an exclusive interview with Lit Hub, the booksellers of Brookline Booksmith provide insight into what it’s like:
How incredibly complex … and never-ending, always expanding the work is. How much evolution is required to stay relevant.
Poe is more of a Bostonian than he liked to think, not in spite of but because of his criticism of the place, because of his keen awareness of the oft-commented upon socio-economic differences that still plague Boston today.
Surprisingly, Edgar Allan Poe and his hometown Boston shared a reciprocal dislike....more