Robert Penn Warren, aet. 75

on Solomon’s Daughter by C. E. Poverman

i take my soul with me everywhere i go

On 16 June 2016, four days after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, artist Vanessa German hosted a “Night of Illumination for Orlando” in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, a community marked by a Rachel Maddow report in 2011 as America’s …

Vanessa German’s work is held in private and public collections including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR; the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park; and the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame in Bend, IN. She has exhibited widely and has current shows at the Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. In addition to her exhibitions, she has performed nationally as a spoken word artist, recently presenting at Harvard and MIT. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered, and in the Huffington Post, O Magazine, and elsewhere. She is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York.

on Foreigners: The Making of American Literature, 1900-1940 by Marcus Klein

John Yow’s most recent publications are two books about birds—The Armchair Birder (2009) and The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal (2012)—both published by the University of North Carolina Press, and the second named a 2012 Notable Book by Audubon magazine. He is now at work on a mystery novel exploring what happens when birders go bad.

on The Greeks by Kenneth Dover

The Con Man as Covert Cultural Hero (on The Confidence Man in American Literature by Gary Lindberg)

Fashion and Scholarship in Music and Literature (on The Sign in Music and Literature by Wendy Steiner; Unsuspected Eloquence: A History of the Relations between Poetry and Music by James Anderson Winn; The Well-Tun’d Word: Musical Interpretations of English Poetry, 1597-1651 by Elise Bickford Jorgens)

The Objective Mode in Contemporary Lyric Poetry (on Antarctic Taveller by Katha Pollitt; Northern Lights by Susan Ludvigson; The Expectations of Light by Pattiann Rogers; For the Sleepwalkers by Edward Hirsch; & Brotherly Love by Daniel Hoffman)

Hawks at Length (on Hawks on Hawks by Joseph McBride)

Gerald Weales’s “American Theater Watch” appeared in these pages from 1978 until 2010, and we have also featured on occasion his essays and reviews on topics that have included World War II and the early-career political cartoons of one Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). In addition to his distinguished career as an author and drama specialist, Weales was a longtime professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he retired in 1987; a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sri Lanka; and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.