Kurt Cobain
[Text] Kurt Cobain’s Letter To William S. Burroughs

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“I realize that stories in the press regarding my drug use may make you think that this request comes from a desire to parallel our lives. Let me assure you that this is not the case. As a fan and student of your work, I would cherish the opportunity to … Continue reading

Kurt Vonnegut
[Text] Vonnegut’s Letter to Students: ‘Practice Any Art…Make Your Soul Grow’

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“You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow…” When English teacher Ms. Lockwood assigned her students at Xavier High School to correspond with a well-known author … Continue reading

Frank O'Hara
Frank O’Hara Reads His Poem ‘Having a Coke With You’

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This video from WNET’s 1966 program called “USA Poetry: Frank O’Hara” contains footage of Frank O’Hara reading aloud his poem “Having a Coke With You”. O’Hara speaks about the various reasons that he loves the subject of the poem. He says “I would rather look at you than all the … Continue reading

Kenneth Goldsmith
[Blog] ‘Seven American Deaths and Disasters’ Changes How You View History

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Author: Phoebe Goldenberg Kenneth Goldsmith thinks his work is “mimetic and uncreative.” If you were to pick up his most recent book, you would probably agree–and question the judgement of his publisher. His book, published on March 12, 2013, called, “Seven American Deaths and Disasters,” lacks colorful embellishments. Goldsmith has merely … Continue reading

[Blog] Poem of a WWII U.S. Veteran: ‘The VA Pharmacy’

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Author: Emmy Lu Daly Date: May 20, 2013 “Now serving #156 at Station #3.” One by one, on and on. Dumbed and numbed Veterans all. WWII, Korea, Vietnam, distant wars now. WWII- the “good” war Korea- the “forgotten” war Vietnam- the “wasted” war. #156 slowly raises his head, pushed his … Continue reading

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou’s Humbling Sense of Humor

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Frederick Buechner talks about the time when he was at a religious occasion at Trinity Church on Wall Street in New York City when author Maya Angelou told him how the extravagant religious procession made her want to laugh into a barrel. Angelou passed away on May 28, 2014.