28June2017

Seeing swirling snakes

Brain scientists watch the eyes of people watching an optical illusion These circles seem to squiggle perhaps because of blinks and tiny eye movements called microsaccades, say scientists in a new study. Credit: Akiyoshi Kitaoka You’ve got [...]

Fooling the mind’s eye

If you’ve been to a magic show, you’ve almost certainly witnessed the mesmerizing trick in which a showman saws his female assistant in half. The woman lies down, her body seeming to extend the length of the table or some box. The magician [...]

Varanasi’s clay art struggling for survival

Once famous, the city’s clay art now seems to be on its last legs. The potters selling their products were seen aloof and ignored at the prominent fairs held during the Durga Puja, Dussehra and Bharat Milap episode in Nati Imli. “China [...]

ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: On Elizabeth Bishop || Woodberry Poetry Room

Frank Bidart, Megan Marshall, Gail Mazur, Lloyd Schwartz & Rosanna Warren In commemoration of the centennial of Elizabeth Bishop’s birth, the Woodberry Poetry Room hosted an oral history conversation featuring Bishop’s friends [...]

REEL TIME: An Audio Journey through John Ashbery’s Early Life in Poetry || Woodberry Poetry Room

Karin Roffman (author of the forthcoming Young John Ashbery: A Biography of His Early Life and Art) presents illuminating excerpts from Ashbery’s over 1000 pages of childhood diaries, as well as rare recordings from the Woodberry Poetry [...]

With Paul Celan into the 21st Century: Pierre Joris || Woodberry Poetry Room

Eminent poet and translator Pierre Joris meditates on his 50-year engagement with the works of Paul Celan. A multimedia show, produced by Nicole Peyrafitte, the event integrates a range of elements including live narrative and translated poems, [...]

With Paul Celan into the 21st Century: Pierre Joris – Woodberry Poetry Room

Eminent poet and translator Pierre Joris meditates on his 50-year engagement with the works of Paul Celan. A multimedia show, produced by Nicole Peyrafitte, the event integrates a range of elements including live narrative and translated poems, [...]

REEL TIME: Helen Vendler on the Recordings of Wallace Stevens – Woodberry Poetry Room

In this informal talk and audio presentation, Professor Helen Vendler reflects on what did and did not draw her to Wallace Stevens when she first encountered his work in her twenties. She asks why Stevens, in his seventies, was drawn to a plainness [...]

Poetry Laboratorio: Filip Marinovich presents Emerging Work from Occupy Wall Street

Woodberry Poetry Room In this program, poet and OWS librarian Filip Marinovich reads work from and enters into an open discussion about the process of composing and performing poetry at Zuccotti Park during the period of the Occupy Wall Street [...]

THESE FINE MORNINGS: Elizabeth Bishop and the New Yorker || Woodberry Poetry Room

A One-Act Play starring Lisa Olstein, Katie Peterson, Robert Pinsky & Lloyd Schwartz Created by Joelle Biele, These Fine Mornings is a one-act play that draws upon excerpts from letters between Bishop and New Yorker editors Charles Pearce, [...]