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Pierre Bonnard, Le Boxeur (portrait de l'artiste), 1931, Musée d'Orsay

In the aftermath of Trump’s election, artists and writers have had the feeling that all is changed, and their work, too, has to change somehow; they—we—have to come up with an effective response. One way I have approached this is, in my museum wanderings, to see which works from the past seem most right to […]

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Found at the Y, in a New York Times Magazine piece about Mary Cheever: According to him [the fiction writer John Cheever], their issues [marital conflicts] are myriad: He wants to have sex all the time, for example, and she wants to have sex almost none of the time. He acknowledges, in fairness to Mary, that he is […]

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In Zeteo‘s New York home, this year’s spring was delayed by a long, biting winter. Low temperatures forced us to walk through spring, as Joseph Conrad suggested, “with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts.” But earth is finally emerging from under the blankets of hibernation and so too does Zeteo, with a vibrant and warming Spring Issue. Walter Cummins uses […]

Notes of a Year of James Baldwin By Rachel Corbman Review of the opening session of the Year of Baldwin, New York Live Arts, April 2014. Click here for PDF version.   The definitive James Baldwin documentary, The Price of the Ticket (1989), memorably opens with archival footage from a British television interview that aired shortly before the novelist […]

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From Rachael Benavidez, Zeteo Associate Editor 3 February 2013 February is African American History Month. You may or may not know that it was established by historian and journalist Carter G. Woodson, first as Negro History Week, which coincided with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. He is known as the godfather of Black history. […]

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James Baldwin (young)

“Next Time, the Fire in Giovanni’s Room” The Critical Reception of James Baldwin’s Second Novel in the Black Press By Rachel Corbman   In February of 1950, the most prominent and widely distributed black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier, published a supplely illustrated feature article that considered the history and future of African American literature. Penned […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

“Next Time, the Fire in Giovanni’s Room” The Critical Reception of James Baldwin’s Second Novel in the Black Press By Rachel Corbman   In February of 1950, the most prominent and widely distributed black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier, published a supplely illustrated feature article that considered the history and future of African American literature. Penned […]

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June 14, 2018

The time that takes place in stories compared to the time that we actually live is radically abbreviated. It briskly sweeps aside all the commonplace moments that make up the long stretch of toilsome time and focuses instead on the interesting and compelling. With a mere section break or a simple transitional phrase, days, months, and whole years are disposed of as if they had no significance at all. “Then time passed slowly until the day arrived when….” A lot of important living is hidden in such a phrase. From the moment-to-moment flow of time, the storyteller lifts out only those narr...

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

“Next Time, the Fire in Giovanni’s Room” The Critical Reception of James Baldwin’s Second Novel in the Black Press By Rachel Corbman   In February of 1950, the most prominent and widely distributed black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier, published a supplely illustrated feature article that considered the history and future of African American literature. Penned […]

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May 11, 2018

Using personal essay, literary reference, and journalistic voice, the article plants itself on our existential doorstep while illuminating Barnes' novel one more time. Very strong. Thanks.

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

“Next Time, the Fire in Giovanni’s Room” The Critical Reception of James Baldwin’s Second Novel in the Black Press By Rachel Corbman   In February of 1950, the most prominent and widely distributed black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier, published a supplely illustrated feature article that considered the history and future of African American literature. Penned […]

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May 10, 2018

"When these new memories suddenly came upon me … time had been placed in reverse. As if, for that moment, the river ran upstream." Stolen from Barnes's book for my poem "From the Vale for a Soul Making". Great book to write about.

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