on Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

Criticism and Two Individual Talents (on The Portable Malcolm Cowley by Donald W. Faulkner; Mazes by Hugh Kenner; & Historical Fictions by Hugh Kenner)

The Art of Resistance (on An Ear to the Ground: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry by Marie Harris and Kathleen Aguero; From South Africa: New Writing, Photographs, and Art by David Bunn and Jane Taylor; Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience by Geremie Barme and John Minford)

A Few Attractive Strangers (on Invisible Mirror by Michael Cadnum; A Weather of Surprises by Harry Humes; The Red Room by Geraldine Connolly; And As for Darkness by Michael Burns; & The Barn in the Air by Michael Waters)

The Massage

American Theater Watch, 1989–1990

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.


In a Maritime Province

Not the Occult

Stephen Dunn is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. His Degrees of Fidelity: Essays on Poetry and the Latitudes of the Personal,  is due out from Tiger Bark Press in October 2018, and a new collection of poems, Pagan Virtues, is scheduled to be published by W. W. Norton in 2019. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Different Hours, and he has had fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Dunn lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.