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Found by Robert Frost On the Poet’s Birthday, or Adventures in a Parked Car

Every time I pull into a parking lot, regardless of the season, I notice people just sitting in their cars, probably texting, or surfing the net, or talking on cell…

The Poe Perplex: A Homeless Poet Worth His Weight in Gold Haunts the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale

Ten years ago, in the March 31, 2004 issue of Town Topics, I wrote my first column about the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale (BM-W), “Billy Collins and the Homeless Poets…

Out of Darkness Into Light with Alain Resnais (1922-2014), the Poet Laureate of Memory

… Hiroshima is a film about which you can say everything. —Eric Rohmer Coming out of Hiroshima mon amour (1959) into a sunny summer day in Manhattan, still deep in…

Oscar Night 2014 — Ellen and Shakespeare Bring the Glamour Down to Earth

In the afterglow of the Oscars, with Shakespeare’s 450th birthday approaching, the time is right for a column about actors and acting, not just on the stage and screen, but…

It Hurts So Good — Sid Caesar and The Essence of Laughter

Fabulous creations, beings whose authority and raison d’être cannot be drawn from the code of common sense, often provoke in us an insane and excessive mirth, which expresses itself in…

Watching Shirley Temple’s Breakthrough Film and Finding a Fallen Star

She totally disarms you — she lifts you off your feet. —H.G. Wells, circa. 1934 Wells’s choice of words is curious, since Shirley Temple was usually the one being lifted…

On Lincoln’s Birthday — What a Play Shakespeare Might Have Written

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) knew Shakespeare by heart. It wasn’t just that he could recite long passages from Hamlet and Macbeth and Richard III, or that he felt compelled to regale…

The Day the Beatles Landed at Kennedy: A Tale of Two Fridays in America

There was a turning point in their career, a specific date on which the breadth and scope of their future was to be altered and it was the day their…

Driving Through the Snow With Kate Bush and Paul McCartney

Like so many music-related happenings in Princeton, this one began at the Record Exchange. With snow on the ground and more coming, it was time to do what I should…

Sir Francis Bacon’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: With a Little Help from Byron and Strindberg

Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song, and I’ll try not to sing out of key. —Lennon and McCartney There is no excellent beauty that hath not…