"I cannot make love to Jews anymore," or so said Nico, breaking off her brief engagement with insouciant wanna-be androgyne Lou Reed." A review of Lynne Tillman's latest collection for BOMB magazine. . . .
The year in food: edible treasure from across the globe.
Six movies that stick.
"Every item checking into Hotel Theory goes through the wringer of Koestenbaum, everything is rendered transitory, uncomfortable, strangely familiar, anonymous, spoiled, confused, discomfited. . . ."

Andrew reviews 'Hotel Theory,' the latest book from Wayne Koestenbaum.
"True to its content, 'In Praise of Shadows' is a deceptive book. It is, a bit, like walking through a Home Depot with Susan Sontag as she channels Tolstoy."

A review of Junchiro Tanizaki's collection of essays on aesthetics, toilets, architecture, and literature.
A review of  "The Musical Illusionist," by Alex Rose. The second book from the new publishing house, Hotel St. George.

"Virgil to Dante: Where are the impressionists when you need them?"
What does poetry teach us? A new way of seeing, I think. . . .

Teaching Langston Hughes and other tidbits for the folks of the Poetry Foundation.
"I am an architect"

A poem, and reading for the summer: Gaston Bachelard, Gabrielle Basilico, and Thomas Disch.
A memoriam to the writer and game creator Gary Gygax.
An interview with New York Times crossword puzzle creator Zack Kushner.
"Man Gave Name To All the Animals"

A review of Todd Haynes' Dylan biography: I'm not There.
An essay from This Recording's series on adolescence: Soldiers, Dandelions, Accordions.