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Young John Ashbery on Joyce's "Ulysses": "It's Dirty!"


The past couple of years, I’ve had a mini-tradition of posting something about the New York School poets and Ulysses on each Bloomsday — as you can see in these posts about… 199 more words

Frank O'Hara



When I was a child
           all the talk was of
how to grow the best roses
           and what types of soil
make for a better lawn… 143 more words


Andrew Sean Greer's "It's a Summer's Day" and Echoes of Frank O'Hara


In this week’s New Yorker, there is a story by Andrew Sean Greer which quietly takes its title from a poem by Frank O’Hara.  Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve posted about a recent New Yorker story taking its title from a poem by Frank O’Hara: a few years ago, the magazine published Don DeLillo’s story “Midnight in Dostoyevsky,” which is a phrase DeLillo borrowed from O’Hara’s “Meditations in an Emergency,” as I wrote about… 698 more words

Frank O'Hara

Mad Men: "You Really Got Me" - When Song Meets Screen

Television and film wouldn’t be the same without music. While incidental music and scores don’t get their due, the use of pop songs onscreen can take even the best acting and dialogue to emotional heights that otherwise would be impossible. 427 more words


Frank O’Hara

Yesterday Down at the Canal

You say that everything is very simple and interesting
it makes me feel very wistful, like reading a great
                                                 Russian novel does… 111 more words


"be frank (if you can't be frank, be john and kenneth)."

From “The Last Avant-Garde” by David Lehman:

O’Hara’s ironically self-deprecating tone was much imitated. “I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love,” he wrote. 277 more words


Listening to Jazz - 2

This is the second of the extracts from my writing dealing explicitly with jazz, chosen by Sascha Feinstein to accompany his interview with me which appeared in the Summer, 2017 issue of the journal of jazz and literature, … 518 more words

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