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‘Discernments’ gives critical writing a poetic language

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For people outside the academe, literary and art criticism is not only unfamiliar, but also difficult to read, let alone understand. This stems from the notion that all critical essays on fiction, poetry and other forms of art are barely comprehensible, due to the opacity and density of the language of criticism.

Posted: August 26th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Poe visitor comes nevermore, yet mystery lingers

‘ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT DREARY…’In this Jan. 15, 2013 photo, a gravestone marking Edgar Allan Poe's original grave stands in a cemetery outside Westminster Hall in Baltimore. For decades, a mysterious man known as the Poe Toaster left three roses and an unfinished bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave every year on the legendary writer’s birthday on Jan. 19. His identity is a great modern mystery, and just as mysteriously, the tradition ended four years ago. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

From the tombstone of Edgar Allan Poe, one can reach the street by taking a narrow dirt path between two tall stone mausoleums and crouching for a few steps underneath a portion of Westminster Hall.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »