Tom Vitale appears in the following:
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Sunday, November 29, 2015
In 1964, near the end of his career, Billy Strayhorn accompanied himself on a live recording of one of his best-known songs. It starts:
I used to visit all the very gay places
Those come-what-may places
Where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life...
Saturday, October 17, 2015
In Arthur Miller's 1949 masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, we're never told what lead character Willy Loman sells — but he's spent a lifetime "on a shoeshine and a smile." His luck finally runs out when his boss lets him go.
"I put 34 years into this firm, Howard, and ...
Monday, October 12, 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saul Bellow, one of the 20th century's great writers, was born 100 years ago next month. The publishing world is marking the anniversary with a flurry of books — a Library of America edition of Bellow's fiction, a hefty tome of collected nonfiction, and a big new biography.
Another way ...
Monday, April 13, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
It's Friday afternoon in the back room of the Wharf, a fisherman's watering hole on the south shore of Long Island, N.Y. The bar looks out across the Great South Bay towards Fire Island. It's a special place for writer Matt Sumell.
"This is the first bar I got into," ...
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Philip Levine revealed the poetry in the lives working people, and especially the people and places of his youth — in the auto factories and working class homes of urban Detroit. In a career that spanned six decades, he was a United States Poet Laureate, and winner of two National ...
Saturday, January 31, 2015
For the late poet Amiri Baraka, poetry was about the sound of the words — that the poems should come alive when they were read aloud. "I'm trying to make the poems as musical as I can — from the inception," he said in 1980. "So that whether they're read ...
Monday, October 27, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
On a hot, humid afternoon, Bob Stewart has called a rehearsal at his Harlem apartment. Six musicians are in a circle in the living room — on one side, trumpet and trombone; on the other, cello, viola and violin; and in the middle, the elephant in the room — Stewart's ...