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Catcher in the Rain: Reading Rilke and Salomé, Salinger and Esmé

no one, not even the rain, has such small hands —e.e. cummings This column began during one of those steady unthreatening rainfalls when you can imagine you hear the night…

On James Agee’s Birthday: Celebrating New York Beginnings With Grace Kelly and Lou Reed

New York City, how I love you, blink your eyes and I’ll be gone just a little grain of sand. —Lou Reed (1942-2013), from “Nyc Man” If anybody starts using…

Kennedy 50 Years After Dallas: A Sense of History, A Sense of Fate, A Sense of Himself

I used to have the feeling that no matter what happened I’d get through. It’s a funny thing that as long as you have that feeling you seem to get…

“Woman As She Is”: Robert Louis Stevenson and His American Wife

Born on this day, November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Robert Louis Stevenson was writing The Weir of Hermiston when he died of a cerebral hemorrhage on December 3, 1894, in…

Confessions of a Cardinal Fan: Radio Nights, Tweeting Tortoises, and the 2013 World Series

According to David Waldstein’s story, “Trying to Outrun the Cardinals’ Long Reach” (New York Times, October 29), “the penetrating strength” of 50,000 watt radio station KMOX is said to reach…

A View With a Room: Dreaming of Bristol in Coleridge Country

In Bristol it all happened. I fell apart and found my own little pieces and put them together again …. It is the most beautiful city in Great Britain. —Peter…

Beyond the Social Masquerade on Verdi’s 200th Birthday

Before I plunge into a column on Giuseppi Verdi, whose 200th birthday was last Wednesday, I have to admit that it’s taken me an embarrassingly long time to come to…

“Breaking Bad” on Verdi’s Birthday With the Rebirth of Badfinger’s “Baby Blue”

You never know. Somehow a column marking Giuseppi Verdi’s 200th birthday has gone astray and broken bad. What could possibly justify putting the man who gave us Rigoletto, Falstaff, and…

J.D. Salinger Unbound and Unbowed: “There Is Monumental Work To Be Done In This Appearance”

J.D. Salinger’s refusal to publish anything in the 45 years between the June 19, 1965, issue of The New Yorker and his death at 91 in 2010 was disappointing, to …

Thomas Wolfe and Maxwell Perkins, Honored Guests at This Year’s Book Sale

My friend, the editor, has likened his own function at this painful time to that of a man who is trying to hang onto the fin of a plunging whale.…