Mar 19, 2013 — Can we really see the Universe in a grain of sand, even as we slog through traffic? Can we really hold infinity in our hands, even as we drop off the kids to Violin practice? Commentator Adam Frank says we can if we take the time to notice the beauty of the natural world surrounding us.
Jan 25, 2013 — Across Scotland and around the world, poetry lovers gather in appreciation of 18th century bard Robert Burns. Central to the menu of all these Burns Suppers is, of course, haggis, paraded into the room on a silver platter.
Nov 22, 2012 — According to poet Kevin Young, the best poems are like the best meals — they're made from scratch. Young has edited a new collection of poems that celebrate the pleasures of food, from "butter disappearing into whipped sweet potatoes" to oysters that taste like "starlight."
Oct 20, 2011 — Emily Dickinson discussed baking in many of her letters — evincing both her trademark wit and a zest for life that belies the common image of her as a depressed figure.
May 18, 2011 — Several years ago, an unusual face began appearing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, over and over again. It wasn't a mug shot; it wasn't a columnist's headshot. It was the face of Billy Nardozzi.
Jan 3, 2011 — As ever, there are a number of takes floating about the web on how to approach your New Year's resolutions. Here, two fresh takes: Improve your overall health by taking better care of your relationships, or by embracing your solitude.
Aug 10, 2011 — America has a new poet laureate today, as the Library of Congress names Phillip Levine in the one-year position. He will succeed W.S. Merwin in the post. Born in Detroit in 1928, Levine has used his poetry to examine blue-collar life; as a young man, he worked in Detroit's car factories.