More Writings Available

Thursday, 26 February 2009, 16:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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Hello, I’m Ben, Fred’s son.  We have uploaded a bunch of my dad’s writings not only to the site here (see the Pages on the right sidebar or go to Other Published Works), but also to his account on Scribd, a site that lets you embed, socialize around, and share text documents. And please think […]

Poetry and Currency

Monday, 23 February 2009, 11:34 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s an outtake from my talk last Friday in New York introducing Dana Gioia, an old friend who has just resigned the chairmanship of the National Endowment for the Arts with great relief to go and write poetry. He was receiving the annual Award for Excellence given each year by the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center, […]

Surgeons and health nuts

Saturday, 14 February 2009, 11:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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There seem to be only two schools of economic thought in Congress: surgeons and health nuts.  The health nuts are the economic libertarian Right; if you are dying of dengue fever or hit by a beer truck, they prescribe the economic equivalent of tofu and brisk exercise.  The surgeons are the economic dirigiste Left; if […]

Mark My Words

Sunday, 1 February 2009, 13:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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Welcome. I’m new at this, and I hope the grizzled veterans of the internet will forgive my gaffes in the medium. My remarkable son Ben has set up this space for me, and I want to use it as a place where people interested in my work as a poet, writer, teacher and thinker can […]