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09/28/2009 - 9:49pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Cecilia Woloch teaches in California, and when she’s not with her students she’s off to the Carpathian Mountains of Poland, to help with the farm work. But somehow she resisted her wanderlust just long enough to make this telling snapshot of her father at work.


The Pick

09/28/2009 - 12:42pm

Mr. Safire had no college degree, yet he went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1978 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. Already in his forties when he joined the NYT staff, Safire had previously worked as a U.S. Army correspondant, as a publicist, and as a radio & television producer. He also wrote speeches for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew and was outraged to discover that Nixon's administration had been secretly taping his phone conversations.

09/21/2009 - 8:54pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

I tell my writing students that their most important task is to pay attention to what’s going on around them. God is in the details, as we say. Here David Bottoms, the Poet Laureate of Georgia, tells us a great deal about his father by showing us just one of his hands.

My Father’s Left Hand

Sometimes my old man’s hand flutters over his knee, flaps
in crazy circles, and falls back to his leg.

Sometimes it leans for an hour on that bony ledge.

09/21/2009 - 7:29am

 If you like Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas, you might also like these titles and authors.

09/19/2009 - 7:26am

Oprah has selected Say You're One of Them, "an awe-inspiring collection of stories that challenges you to look beyond the headlines and see an Africa full of both joy and despair.

09/16/2009 - 11:32am

The CW Network recently premiered  "The Vampire Diaries," a show based on the series by the same name written by  L. J. Smith.

08/16/2010 - 4:45pm

Talk about hearing voices in your head. On New World, all men, boys, and animals can hear each other's thoughts, also called "noise." There's ways to cover up or mask your thoughts, but it's hard to do. Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown, on the cusp of his 13th birthday, which will make him a man. One day, while running an errand, he notices a silence in the noise - something that has never happened before - and comes upon someone who changes his perception of his world forever.

09/14/2009 - 11:41am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

This week’s poem is by a high school student, Michelle Bennett, who lives in Tukwila, Washington, and here she is taking a look at what comes next, Western Washington University in Bellingham, with everything new about it, including opportunity.


Western

09/11/2009 - 2:30pm

It's been eight years, but the loss our nation sustained on that terrible day in September is undiminished by changing times.

09/11/2009 - 2:13pm

THE LAST SUMMER (OF YOU AND ME) by Anna Brashares covers the themes of sisters and family and love and heartbreak with poignancy and humor.

Two lists with similar stories are "A Friend in Need" and "Dating and other Disasters of Modern Life".

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