The Golden Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl Sarah Ruhl, award winning playwright and member of the genius grant class (it’s a badge you can wear for life), has been the theme of my week. Her recently released book, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater, is […]

Bishop/Lowell: Art, and Life

Courtesy of Vassar College Library A group of us are reading Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry and their correspondence with each other. There are aspects of both of them—their sensibilities, quirks, proclivities, struggles, shared glimpses of the interior landscapes—that have taken on an ambience that feels like a permeating fragrance. The oddest details are […]

Legacies and Other Mysteries

Double Wedding Ring Quilt When they exchanged wedding rings did they know it was only the start of sorting through work baskets of “why” and “what it all means,” a ragbag of eye-strain and piece work? Now, seventy eight and seventy five, they hold the quilt between them as you snap their photograph. It scalloped […]