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Tag Archives: John Keats

At 317am, Time to Dim the Lights

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Today’s post–and trust me, it was no easy call–is my last for 317am.  It’s the last for any of us—whether Kaze, Ras, or Ted the Cat—till  who knows when.  We may be back someday, but we just don’t know. On … Read more »

Not Every Critic’s a Parasite, but . . .

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(Author’s note: I was about to post an illustration today of why I loathe Pauline Kael–I find that returning to her movie reviews is like picking at a scab–when I realized I’d posted a more temperate, less ad Kaelinam, piece … Read more »

Show a Little Faith, There’s Magic in the Night

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(I thought it was worth revisiting this piece, which I posted back in December 2010. Two reasons: The Boss has been back in the news lately with a new album and upcoming concert tour.  And my students have this week … Read more »

A Few Moments in Italy

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It has been pointed out to me that during my first extended vacation in Italy, last spring, the folks back in the States got the unexpected news that Osama bin Laden had been taken out.  And that during my second … Read more »

So Sweet a Place: The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome

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This is the second of two posts on the extraordinary cemetery where John Keats is buried.  Look here for the first. The English poet John Keats, age 25, died in Rome in February 1821.  In April of that year, another English … Read more »

“Ay, in the very temple of Delight . . .”

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I was in Rome this spring.  Rome is a wonder.  The present cannot contain it.  You stand waiting for a bus and across the street are the ruins of a pagan temple. Time and again in Rome, you step off … Read more »