The American Scholar
What Do You Owe a Stranger?
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 PM
  A friend and I were having coffee in Manhattan when the subject turned to life in Russia, where she used to live. Once in Moscow, she had slipped on a patch of black ice and fallen on her...
Taking Liberties
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 PM
As the entries came in for the fifth—and, for now, the final—stanza of our renga, I realized that a scholar of our doings would conclude that we had created a poetry multiplier. From the same opening...
Erin Hanson
August 13th, 2017, 10:01 PM
Impressions of Zion
Lady Pirates and Oceans of Plastic
August 11th, 2017, 10:01 PM
One very daring journey and the pirate who puts Blackbeard to shame
80,000 Squirrels on My Block Alone
August 10th, 2017, 10:01 PM
And other tales of Detroit wildlife
A Little Night Music
August 9th, 2017, 10:01 PM
Hearing Gurrelieder on a stormy night
Security Theater
August 8th, 2017, 10:01 PM
  My two most unpleasant travel experiences of 2017 (so far) have involved flights into Russia and the United States. Everything about going to the former is painful, from the tourist invitation...
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends”
August 7th, 2017, 10:01 PM
The prompt: to add a stanza of two seven-syllable lines to last week’s haiku, turning it into a tanka and extending the renga we began a month ago. For newcomers to this column, I had better explain...
Drunks: An American History
August 7th, 2017, 10:01 PM
Read an excerpt from Christopher Finan’s look at the booze-soaked history of America
Sonali Khatti
August 6th, 2017, 10:01 PM
Felting the Grand Canyon
Snapshots
August 4th, 2017, 10:01 PM
The city may be changing, but the music is as great as ever
Driving Rhythms, Beguiling Sounds
August 2nd, 2017, 10:01 PM
The music of Erkki-Sven Tüür
A Summer Retreat
August 1st, 2017, 10:01 PM
  One of the more replenishing habits that my family and I have cultivated during our last six summers living in Europe is an annual late-July trip to visit a couple of friends in the Stockholm...
The Renga Goes On
July 31st, 2017, 10:01 PM
We’re building a renga, brick by brick, haiku by tanka, starting with these three lines: Work? No. Why? July. [Lee McAden Robinson] Oceans imitate shell sounds [Paul Michelsen] All summer I watch...
10 Books to Read—And Not a Drop to Drink
July 31st, 2017, 10:01 PM
Dry salvages that will make you thirsty—part one of our H₂0 reading series