“wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
my blood approves
and kisses are a better fate
lady i swear by all flowers”
— e.e. cummings
American train songs come and go. But do they come any more plaintive than Emmylou Harris’ “Tulsa Queen?”
THIS WEEK IN THE ATTIC
In the Nenana Ice Classic, hope springs eternal, even where spring comes late
No verse was too light, no rhyme was too impossible for Ogden Nash.
American art was pretty and pink until The Ashcan School took the streets as its canvas.
As Texas grows and glows, Hill Country towns are dimming the lights and saving the night sky.
80 years ago, the D.A.R. turned Marian Anderson away from Constitution Hall. Eleanor Roosevelt and friends found a better venue.
"The future is dark, with a darkness as much of the womb as the grave." -- Rebecca Solnit
The songs came and went but Alan Lomax hunkered down and caught them — for all time and for all people.
Bullied into silence, Congress got a lesson in integrity from Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME).
The history was black. The colors were Harlem. Jacob Lawrence interwove them and lit up the past.
With the Cold War looming, one photographer assembled a family portrait that touched the world, The Family of Man.
When the physicist investigated the Challenger, America got a lesson from a master...
At 25, when she circled the globe in record time, the whole world celebrated the amazing Nellie Bly.