Arts and Culture

Fire Dreams by Carl Sandburg



from Cornhuskers  (1918)  (Written to be read aloud, if so be, Thanksgiving Day)  I remember here by the fire, In the flickering reds and saffrons, They...   Read more ...





New York Opera Controversy: We have MET the enemy.



During World War II, a violinist dressed in military uniform went to play for the servicemen in a United States Army hospital in Italy. As he entered a ward designated for young men who h...   Read more ...





Thomas Birch, American painter

Thomas Birch, Strolling Along a Country Road

Thomas Birch (1779 –1851), was an English-born American artist.  He  came to America in 1794 and helped his father, William Birch, also an artist, prepare a 29-plate collection of engravings,...   Read more ...





“When I see birches bend left to right…”

Birch trees laden with ice. Photo credit: Gorben

Birches by Robert Frost (1874-1963) When I see birches bend to left and right Across the lines of straighter darker trees, I like to think some boy's been swinging them. But swingin...   Read more ...