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Why Are They Round Not Square?

This weekend I’m at the American Literature Association annual conference in Washington, DC. I’m speaking as part of a roundtable on the modernist Hart Crane, then moderating a second roundtable on the poet. Tomorrow I’m on a roundtable about the new Cambridge History of American Poetry, for which I wrote the chapter on the New York […]

Elective Affinities

I’ve accepted an invitation to become an Affiliate Faculty Member in the UW Comparative History of Ideas program. (I’m still a professor in the English department. I just now have another baseball cap I can wear on occasion.)

Over on Tumblr . . .

I’m trying an experiment. I’ve started a Tumblr feed called “Professor Reed Recommends” where I post daily examples of or pointers to art, music, and literature that I wish I had known about back in my twenties and thirties. The imagined ideal audience is my niece and nephew.

Seeing with the Mind’s Eye

On November 3rd, the exhibition Jasper Johns: Seeing with the Mind’s Eye opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and it will be running through 3 February 2013. I have an essay in the book that accompanies the show; so do Roberta Bernstein (!) and John Yau (!!). I talk specifically about Johns’s […]

She strikes!

I’ve just posted a new short blog entry over at the Stanford Arcade web site.  This time around, I’m translating and commenting on a cool poem by Mikołaj Sęp-Szarzyński (1550-81).