Three-Sentence Reviews

Sophocles’ Antigone, Modernized

July 3, 2013

Seamus Heaney brings his skill of translation to the ancient Greek tragedy, “Antigone,” first written by dramatist Sophocles in the 4th century BC.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 79 pages. While Heaney’s “The Burial at Thebes” play translation was published in 2004, the [...]

Happy Sesquicentennial, O. Henry!

September 11, 2012

Today, September 11th, 2012, marks the 150th birthday of William Sydney Porter, the American writer better known as O. Henry. Porter died in 1910 but his legacy lives on in the O. Henry Award, an annual prize given to short stories of outstanding merit. To celebrate O. Henry’s birthday [...]

Poets! They’re Just Like Us!

August 25, 2012

Sometimes, the poems are more than you need. Sometimes you just want to know Frank O’Hara’s SAT scores. On days like this we society members like to reach for some of our favorite literary biographies, memoirs and letter collections; books that give us glimpses into the daily lives that [...]

War Graphics (Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi)

August 6, 2012

In Marjane Satrapi’s 2004 memoir, Persepolis:The Story of a Childhood, we read about the life of a young, passionate girl with revolutionary parents during the return to Islamic fundamentalism and then war with Iraq in Teheran, Iran. While stark  reports and evening news pundits tend to be [...]