Roslyn Petelin

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Watch Prince Play Jazz Piano & Coach His Band Through George Gershwin’s “Summertime” in a Candid, Behind-the-Scenes Moment (1990)

A rock enigma wrapped around an R&B quandary, wearing platform shoes and purple velour. The cheekbones of an angel, dance moves and lyrics from an …

The 40 best restaurants in Britain

Photograph: Charlie Bibby/FT<p>Giorgio Locatelli at Castles’ Pie and Mash, Camden.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/22/1429701918186/55160be6-c8fe-41c2-804a-480e88d9cc02-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Charlie Bibby/FT<p>Giorgio Locatelli at Castles’ Pie and Mash, …

Cormac McCarthy’s Three Punctuation Rules, and How They All Go Back to James Joyce

Cormac McCarthy has been—as one 1965 reviewer of his first novel, <i>The Orchard Tree</i>, dubbed him—a “disciple of William Faulkner." He makes admirable …

Milton Glaser Draws Shakespeare & Explains Why Drawing is the Key to Understanding Life

In this fascinating over-the-shoulder film of the artist/designer Milton Glaser, we watch as the man behind the “I Heart NY” logo, the Bob Dylan …

Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner Animated: A Classic Version Narrated by Orson Welles

<i>Water, water, everywhere / Nor any drop to drink.</i> Samuel Taylor Coleridge—poet, critic, opium addict—wrote his <i>Rime of the Ancient Mariner</i> in 1798, a …

Languages Are Mostly Made of Happy Words

A new study analyzes vocabulary from around the world and finds a universal skew toward the positive.<p>In the time of Twitter and Internet comments, it’s not hard to find language being used for evil. People take the remarkable human capacity for communication and wield it like a big dumb ax, hacking …

Research

Love, Loot, and Lit

When I try to explain to my students this mysterious thing called "close reading," I often use a metaphor. Books are like people, I say. They’re …

Sven Birkerts Interviews Sven Birkerts

<b>SVEN BIRKERTS: Why did you decide to write about Bellow’s essays in the form of a self-interview? Isn’t that displacing the focus just a bit?</b><p><b>SVEN</b> …

Literature

Can Matthew Crawford Deliver Us From Distraction?

Matthew B. Crawford burst upon the scene in 2009 with a compact, powerful book, <i>Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work</i> (Penguin)<i>,</i> …

University of Chicago

An Honest College Rejection Letter

Dear Applicant,<p>The Admissions Committee has carefully considered your application and we regret to inform you that we will not be able to offer you …

T.S. Eliot’s American childhood

By Michael Dirda<p>Michael Dirda<p>Email Bio<p>Even now, if you were to ask readers to name the 20th century’s greatest poem, at least among those written in English, the answer would almost certainly be T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” (1922). “April is the cruellest month” — what college student (or …

Literature

Death Is Optional

A Conversation:Yuval Noah Harari, Daniel Kahneman[3.4.15]<i>Once you really solve a problem like direct brain-computer interface ... when brains and</i> …

There Is No ‘Proper English’

Never mind the grammar scolds. If people say it, it’s the right way to speak<p>It’s a perpetual lament: The purity of the English language is under assault. These days we are told that our ever-texting teenagers can’t express themselves in grammatical sentences. The media delight in publicizing …

Transcendental Rites

Edward Mendelson is the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and the literary executor of the estate of W. H. Auden. …

Textspeak Is Modernizing the Egnlish Language (*English)

txt msgs r running language<p>*ruining<p>^lol, jk!! :)<p>In many casual discussions of language and the internet, it’s not uncommon to hear about how such …

A Guide to Thesis Writing That Is a Guide to Life

“How to Write a Thesis,” by Umberto Eco, first appeared on Italian bookshelves in 1977. For Eco, the playful philosopher and novelist best known for his work on semiotics, there was a practical reason for writing it. Up until 1999, a thesis of original research was required of every student …

Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One

I recently left a teaching position in a master of fine arts creative-writing program. I had a handful of students whose work changed my life. The …

Writing

Vladimir Nabokov (Channelled by Christopher Plummer) Teaches Kafka at Cornell

"From my point of view," writes Vladimir Nabokov in <i>Lectures on Literature</i>, "any outstanding work of art is a fantasy insofar as it reflects the …

David Foster Wallace Breaks Down Five Common Word Usage Mistakes in English

What advantage, I recently asked a trilingual writer, could you possibly find in using such an improvised, confusing, irregular patchwork of a …

Steven Pinker Identifies 10 Breakable Grammatical Rules: “Who” Vs. “Whom,” Dangling Modifiers & More

We’ve previously featured Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker discussing writing at a Harvard conference on the subject. In that case, the …

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road Turned Into an Illustrated Scroll: One Drawing for Every Page of the Novel

A great deal of mythology has built up around the life of Jack Kerouac, and especially around the experiences that went into his best-known work, the …