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POSTED: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 11:19 AM
Filed Under: Blinq Favorites | Lit | Poetry

Today is Bloomsday, the anniversary of Leopold Bloom's epic June 16, 1904 journey, documented in James Joyce's Ulysses. The novel, the bomb that ignited modern literature, is often declared the greatest novel of the 20th century and has made good on the author's promise that it would keep professors, and their charges, busy understanding and interpreting for years, if not forever. The specific date commemorates the first time Joyce stepped out with his future wife, Nora.

Philadelphia, not Joyce's native Dublin, not Paris where he lived for many years, is home to the original manuscipt. Noted book collector Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach bought the manuscript at auction in 1924, two years after the novel's publication, for $1,975, a bargain.

Our city does the day up right, celebrating with a lively reading by multiple local dignitatries, passionate readers, scholars and actors on the steps of the glorious Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2010 Delancey Place, one of the most beautiful blocks in the nation.

POSTED: Monday, May 23, 2011, 4:59 PM
Filed Under: Blinq Favorites | City Life | Lit
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Here's a poem by

Diane  Sahms-Guarnieri

Poet by night; Procurement Analyst (Contractor), Department of Navy by day (It’s a living.)

POSTED: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 10:33 AM
Filed Under: Blinq Favorites | Lit
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After reporting the lyrical news that Philadelphia is getting its first poet laureate, most likely in the fall, some readers have submitted their odes to the city.

Poet Debra Powell-Wright hopes to launch a "We the People" petition drive to get celebrated poet, scholar and humanitarian Sonia Sanchez named the job, planning to secure 500 signatures.

In the meantime, keep those poems coming.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 12:00 PM
Filed Under: Blinq Favorites | City Life | Lit
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New Jersey has been home to many great poets: Camden's Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams, Bruce Springsteen.

Philadelphia is home to many fine poets, and now the city is going to designate a poet laureate as I note in today's column.

Will the poet, who may named in the fall, write sonnets to Cliff Lee's magnificent pitching style, his left leg aloft in the air? Or perhaps some doggerel about the business privilege tax?

POSTED: Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 11:22 AM
Filed Under: Lit

Camel_2 Mykel Board, the punk elder and columnist for Maximum Rock 'N' Roll, wondered if he'd be happier in Outer Mongolia - mostly because it was the farthest and most foreboding place he could imagine - and so spent a year teaching English there at the National University in Ulaanbaatar.

When he wasn't looking for a little companionship at the Hollywood Bar, providing security for Hillary Clinton or finding the best hotel in Moron.

Board takes his road show to town Wednesday evening, when he'll read from Even A Daughter is Better Than Nothing, his account of his muttonous adventures in the former Communist outpost. He appears at 9 p.m. for free with Sid Yiddish at The Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Avenue, Phila. The book's title is from a Mongolian proverb.

POSTED: Monday, October 9, 2006, 8:09 AM
Filed Under: Lit

EcpandetTo the feverish debate of L'affaire Foley, the blogger named By Nettie Jingo! adds some instructive lit-crit and historical context:

It's immediately clear that the Instant Message does not threaten the Shakespearean sonnet's place in the literature of the seduction of the underaged. It's a painful harbinger of the degradation of our times to compare

A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted
Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion

POSTED: Thursday, May 4, 2006, 6:04 AM
Filed Under: Lit

Book "I could write a book," is a phrase reporters often hear on the streets when interviewing people about the circumstances of their lives.

But could they write it in less than 300 words?

If so, The Autobiography Project would love to read it, and a panel is aiming to cull the best of these Philadelphia stories and slap them on bus station walls this summer.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 6:30 AM
Filed Under: Lit

Tobust We'll lay off T.O. soon in this space, but he keeps doing such noteworthy things. First he records a rap about his cheddah payday with the Cowboys. Now he's writing a book. Another one. Presumably not like George Clooney writes a blog.

"Ineligible Receiver" is the name. "The Real Story of My Journey From the Super Bowl to the Sidelines" is the subtitle. David Rosenthal, an exec with the publishing house Simon & Schuster, says "it's an important chapter in the long-term struggle for players' rights in the NFL."

The Eagles, you'll remember, benched Owens for four games for poisoning the locker room, then placed him on the inactive list over the last five weeks of the season before cutting him this month rather than pay him another $5 million. The new agreement between the players union and the owners bans deactivating a player for disciplinary reasons.

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