Al Filreis

Green party(ing) & the language of excess

Today's Times features an article about the pressures brought to bear on these mostly ridiculous big-time party designers — "event planners" who sometimes take six months to create a gatherin

Origins of McCarthyism (the word)

Recently I was asked about the precise origins of the word "McCarthyism." The correct answer to the question is that for a while (perhaps five or six years) the term was used by some as a term of commendation — a positive as well as, of course, for many if not most, a negative. Soon I remembered that Richard Rovere (in his book Senator Joe McCarthy) wrote a nice passage on this topic:

Flarfists fly flag

This week's "Poetry off the Shelf" podcast, produced by Curtis Fox for the Poetry Foundation, features

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  • Wallace Stevens, for or against the sound of poetry?

    Not quite a year ago I gave a short paper on sound in Wallace Stevens, at a session that was part of the cluster of sessions on the conference-wide theme, "the sound of poetry," at the Modern