Tom Vitale

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100 Years Of Billy Strayhorn, Emotional Architect Of Song

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The composer and arranger spent the bulk of his career in service to the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He wrote some of the most popular songs of the 20th century — without ever hiding who he was.


After Decades On Stage, Arthur Miller's Works Defy The Final Curtain

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The great American playwright was born a century ago Saturday. An activist as much as he was a writer, Miller challenged social ills in playscripts — and set a new standard for the citizen-artist.


Exhibition Delves Below Deceptively Simple Surface Of Hemingway's Prose

Monday, October 12, 2015

A collection of first drafts, letters, outtakes and photos on display in New York City illuminate the inner workings of Ernest Hemingway's meticulous writing process — failures, flaws and all.


A Century After His Birth, Saul Bellow's Prose Still Sparkles

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Bellow's centennial is being marked with reprints and a new biography. Today, critics still savor his metaphor-rich prose; his son remembers the personal pain the great writer caused.


Günter Grass, Who Confronted Germany's Past As Well As His Own, Dies At 87

Monday, April 13, 2015

In 2006, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Tin Drum admitted that as a teen during World War II, he had served with the Waffen-SS — the combat unit of the Nazi Party's elite military police force.


Through 10 Years Of Mining His Grief, A Novelist Makes 'Nice'

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Matt Sumell wrote Making Nice in part as a response to his mother's death from cancer. "I was using the good luck of bad luck," he says. "You use what hurts."


Philip Levine, Who Found Poetry On Detroit's Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In his six-decade career, Levine found grace and beauty in the lives of working people, especially the people and places of his youth. He was a United States Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner.


Amiri Baraka Didn't Worry About His Politics Overpowering His Poetry

Saturday, January 31, 2015

"The real hallmark of an effective political artist is that the politics is accepted with the art," said Baraka. A new career-spanning anthology collects his work from 1961 to 2013. He died in 2014.


75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y

Monday, October 27, 2014

Writer Cynthia Ozick attended readings at the Y in the 1950s. "You saw these icons standing in a blaze of brilliant spotlight," she says, "and you felt that you were at the crux of all civilization."


Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.


U.S. Open, Football's New Rules: The Week In Sports

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Howard Bryant of ESPN joins NPR's Scott Simon from the U.S. Open to talk about tennis and a new amendment to the NFL's personal conduct policy that's meant to curb domestic violence.


Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

Monday, July 07, 2014

"Maybe black male singers are not supposed to sing about love," Eckstine said. "You're supposed to sing about hurt." Born 100 years ago this week, he ushered in a new era of modern jazz.


After 7 Decades A Star Of Stage And Screen, Eli Wallach Dies At 95

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Actor Eli Wallach has died at the age of 98. In a career that spanned seven decades, Wallach appeared in more than 200 films, plays and television dramas. His roles ranged from Mr. Fr...


Prolific Character Actor Eli Wallach Dies At 98

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In a career spanning seven decades, Wallach appeared in over 200 films, plays and TV shows. His roles ranged from Mr. Freeze on TV's Batman to Kilroy in Tennessee William's Camino Real on Broadway.


Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ellison's exploration of race and identity won the National Book Award in 1953 and has been called one of the best novels of the 20th century.


Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder Of The Paris Review, Dies At 86

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Matthiessen was a spy, a naturalist, a well-regarded activist and a three-time winner of the National Book Award — for both fiction and nonfiction. He died of acute myeloid leukemia.


'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

Saturday, April 05, 2014

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.


Sax Great Jimmy Heath 'Walked With Giants,' And He's Still Here

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The composer and bandleader made his first recordings in the late 1940s. In the decades since, Heath has played with and written for everyone from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and Milt Jackson.

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Pinsky's 'Singing School': Poetry For The Verse Averse

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky says he's tired of people thinking of poetry as bad-tasting medicine they have to swallow just because it's healthy. His anthology of 80 poems ...


Wallace Shawn: From 'Toy Story' Dino To Highbrow Playwright

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Shawn has made a living playing comic, downtrodden characters like Rex, the green dinosaur in Toy Story. But in his free time, he has written a handful of intellectually demanding pla...