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Walt Whitman via Fred Hersch

The pianist and composer Fred Hersch first encountered the poetry of Walt Whitman as a student at New England Conservatory in 1976.
A new "Song of Myself"
By JON GARELICK  |  April 20, 2012
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SPACE to screen video banned from Smithsonian

A video banned from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery last week in the wake of threats from conservative politicians will be on view in the front window of SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., Portland) this week and next, as part of a nationwide s
Fighting censorship
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 17, 2010
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Interview and photos: Gerard Malanga

In Walt Whitman’s notebook for the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass , he writes, “Every soul has its own individual voice.” That notion rang true for photographer/poet/filmmaker Gerard Malanga as he put together “Souls,” an exhibit of 100 portraits span
A gathering of souls
By KRISTEN GOODFRIEND  |  April 02, 2010
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More Bard, please

The sultry season is soon upon us, and as always, it will bring area theater-goers such dependable balms as Shakespeare (both in and out of the park), classic musicals, and giddy misbehavior of various sorts. Between that manna and a few original produ
Lots of Shakespeare for summertime
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 12, 2009
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A little history

Two of Boston's most admired and honored composers (both Pulitzer winners) have just celebrated landmark birthdays: Yehudi Wyner his 80th and John Harbison his 70th.
Yehudi Wyner and John Harbison, Susanna Mälkki with the BSO, Natalia Gutman with the BPO, and BLO's Don Giovanni
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 01, 2009
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The great American (office) novel

They are coming regularly now, like buses, like bulletins — the great office novels of the 21st century.
Thirteen fictional perspectives on your 9-5
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 04, 2008


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Senses come alive

Are Jay-Z’s synapses wired to express supreme confidence?
Did art prove science before science did?
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 13, 2008
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Self singer

“One’s self I sing, a simple separate person. . . . Of physiology from top to toe,” goes one of the Walt Whitman poems set by Rufus Wainwright for Stephen Petronio’s Bloom.
Stephen Petronio at the Barbara Leee
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 17, 2007
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Demon daze

Hart Crane roared through his short, tormented, and doomed life.
Hart Crane complete
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  October 03, 2006
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Groundbreakers

As the Huntington Theatre Company mounts Radio Golf , the ghost in the rafters is that of Wilson, who died last October at 60, soon after completing this final piece of his grand project chronicling decade by decade the African-American experience of t
Radio Golf ; bobrauschenbergamerica ; I Am My Own Wife
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 20, 2006
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Graham Greene’s last interview

This article originally appeared in the June 28, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
A great writer condemns US interventionism
By JOHN R. MACARTHUR  |  June 28, 2006


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Don’t shoot the piano players

Twenty years ago, Fred Hersch was known as a talented young jazz pianist and teacher at New England Conservatory.
Fred Hersch, Ran Blake, and Charles Gayle take solos
By JON GARELICK  |  March 23, 2006
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Song of ourselves

Do I contradict myself?
Seeking a multitude of Whitman readers
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 08, 2006