John Hollander , a virtuosic poet who breathed new life into traditional verse forms and whose later work achieved a visionary, mythic sweep, died on Saturday in Branford, Conn. He was 83. The cause was pulmonary congestion, his daughter Elizabeth Hollander said. As a young poet, Mr. Hollander fell under the influence of W. H. Auden, whose experiments in fusing contemporary subject matter with traditional metric forms he emulated. It was Auden who selected Mr. Hollander’s first collection of poems, “A Crackling of Thorns,” for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, which published it in 1958 with an introduction by Auden. Mr. Hollander’s wit, inventiveness and intellectual range drew comparisons to Ben Jonson and 17th-century Metaphysical poets like John Donne. The poet Richard Howard, in the book “Alone With America: Essays on the Art of Poetry in the United States Since 1950,” praised “a technical prowess probably without equal in American verse today.” Early on, Mr. Hollander … [Read more...] about John Hollander, Poet at Ease With Intellectualism and Wit, Dies at 83
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After the excitement of the holidays and before the anticipation of spring break , there is another highly awaited classroom observance that schools all over the country will be celebrating: the 100th day of school. The 100th day is an important milestone because it means students are more than halfway through the year, as most schools have 180 days in their calendar year. It is also a great occasion to highlight how much children have learned since their academic year began. Marking the 100th day is particularly popular in kindergarten to second-grade classrooms because teachers are still heavily focused on reinforcing basic math skills and numbers. "When we start the school year, I talk to the kids about celebrating 100 days, and they really can't grasp how many days that is," says teacher Sara Garcia of St. John Paul II Catholic School in Houston. "In my classroom, we count the days, and when the kids return from their holiday break in January, the excitement begins because … [Read more...] about Academic milestone ‘100 days of school’ explained in Texas
Thirty years ago, it was common to pick up a newspaper or a magazine and read about high drama in university literature departments. Star professors were either master thinkers introducing new rigor and glamour into a tweedy profession gone stale, or theory-addled tenured radicals taking a hatchet to the masterpieces of Western culture. These days, though, the news out of literature departments — and the humanities writ large — tends to be less about juicy faculty-lounge flame wars than about declining majors , shrinking budgets and the collapsing job market for Ph.D.s. Enter another professor, with a big book that aims to shift the conversation. In 1993, John Guillory published “Cultural Capital,” a dense study of the then-raging canon wars that has become a stealth classic. Now, in a follow-up, “Professing Criticism,” he takes on an even bigger question: What is literary criticism — specifically, the kind of highly specialized, theoretically sophisticated textual readings … [Read more...] about What Is Literary Criticism For?
See the article in its original context from January 19, 1988 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. At Stanford University, they still talk of the day nearly a year ago when some 500 students, on a march with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, came up with a slogan for the next generation. The students were celebrating a new course at Stanford, one that would stress the contributions of minorities and women to Western culture, and, they chanted: ''Hey hey, ho ho, Western culture's got to … [Read more...] about In Dispute on Bias, Stanford Is Likely To Alter Western Culture Program
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 2 Lindsay Felten finally felt like she was close to a breakthrough. Multiple times over two years, the mental health clinician tried to find and get a homeless person known as Q into shelter and voluntary services. Community members reported Q was at times incoherent, but when Felten found her, Q declined offers from Felten and her colleagues on the city’s Street Crisis Response Team , said she was fine and walked away. Until, one day, Q engaged with Felten, chatting about the weather — the most receptive Felten had ever seen Q. But the clinician never got the chance to follow up. Later that week, Q was at the center of a media maelstrom after North Beach gallery owner Collier Gwin hosed the homeless person down , triggering the owner’s arrest and exposing the challenges of how to help people who appear mentally unwell on the streets. Felten understood the community’s frustration … [Read more...] about Mayor Breed is spending millions on S.F. street crisis teams. New data shows how they’re working
NEW YORK (AP) — As the Manhattan district attorney's office again ramps up its yearslong investigation of Donald Trump, a new book by a former prosecutor who once led the probe details just how close the former president came to getting indicted — and laments friction with the new D.A. that put that plan on ice. Mark Pomerantz writes in “People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account” that then-District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. authorized him in December 2021 to seek Trump's indictment. After scouring various aspects of Trump's life and business, including hush-money paid on his behalf, Pomerantz writes they agreed on a case involving allegations that Trump falsified business records by inflating the value of assets on financial statements he provided lenders. Vance was leaving office within weeks, but expressed confidence that his successor, Alvin Bragg, would agree with his assessment and see the case through, Pomerantz writes. But Bragg and his team had other ideas, expressing … [Read more...] about Ex-prosecutor’s new book details fight over indicting Trump