Tom Lutz has quietly been structuring one of the four corners of the Southern California literary scene. Patrick A. Howell spoke with Dr. Lutz about receiving the American Book Award in 2008 and his take on current events.
Patrick A. Howell interviews Tyehimba Jess, the Pulitzer Prize winner who inverts the poetry of hip hop and summons the ancestors.
In times of short attention, art seems to be a passe institution. However, the more things change, the more we should covet the methods of the old masters.
The name Hercules is famous the world over. He’s been a cartoon, an adhesive pitchman, a punchline to an Eddie Murphy joke. But what did he actually do? Well …
In an age where we overanalyze art (and those who created it) to death, poetry is a singular force. It is what it is and forever has value because of it.
As we watch Zimbabwe tear itself apart, our extended history indicates that the worse things get, the better the art we produce becomes.
While we celebrate the output the fundamentally unwell artist creates, we often ignore the conditions they suffer under; because art.
Beyond art school and into the art world, the aphorism “in it to win it” is oft-repeated. But through the many applications funded on last dollars, I’ve realized that there’s something else at play.
For millennia, the mysteries of ancient Egypt eluded Western study – until some 200 years ago, when scholars unscrambled the Rosetta Stone and opened our eyes to a new world of old wonders.